Judith Ann “Judy” (Stocks) Pint, died Sunday August 28, 2022, at 3:30 pm.; at the age of 82 at Summerhill Senior Living Center. She had suffered under the cruelty of Alzheimer’s and Dementia for close to 10 years. Judith was the eldest daughter; born January 13, 1940, to Mr. & Mrs. Clem (Fonda Mae Nicholson) Stocks in the East Waterloo Township of Blackhawk County, IA.
“Judy” was a wonderful and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and wife. Having graduated from East Waterloo High School Class of 1958; she was working as a cashier at Clute’s Grocery when a handsome young gentleman named Lavern came along and soon stole her heart. She quickly became “his girl” and they exchanged marriage vows January 30, 1961, at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Waterloo. Together they raised their 5 beautiful children: William J. “Bill”, Lorren T., Michelle A. “Shelly”, Kimberly K. “Kim”, and Lisa M. As a family they spent the growing years traveling in their Palomino Pop-Up Camper to many of the national Parks and historical sites in the US. Their favorite weekend camping spot was Hannen Lake, and they would often take their beloved Siberian Husky “Bandit” along with them. Lavern and Judy knew that as their parents, they would not always be with them and so raised them to always be responsible and respectful. They taught them to always look out for and take care of each other and those they love. To never look down on others for their way of living or religious beliefs. They felt that should be left up to someone with a higher authority than man.
Judith worked at Rath Meat Packing in Waterloo for 20+ years until shortly before it’s closing in March 1985. Lavern and her soon relocated to Haltom City, TX; where she was employed at Portion Trol Foods; a soup manufacturing plant, for a short time. Judith was severely burned in an industrial accident at the plant Dec 26, 1985, leaving her legs permanently scarred with layers of tissue and nerve damage. Her working days were over. After her recovery she became more involved with the Haltom City Women of the Moose and began a whole new beautiful chapter in her life. Judith had been a pivotal member of the Women of the Moose in Haltom City, TX Lodge #1889, Chapter #999 since the year 1986. In her more active years she was a dedicated, hard-working volunteer. She held various Chairs and offices, earning her “Academy of Friendship”, “College of Regents”, and “Star Recorder” degrees. Representing the state of Texas in the year 2000; she was awarded 2nd Place for International Co-Worker of the Year. She remained the Chapter “Sunshine Ambassador” for several years; always remembering their Moose International, “Sunshine” Children and Grandmothers on their birthdays and holidays. Judy orchestrated many successful Youth Club fund raisers and dinners allowing the club to remain fully self-funded for all their trips and activities. She was active with the local Meals on Wheels program and could always be found in the Lodge kitchen during Receptions, Funeral dinners, and the annual Membership Memorial Service; even helping to organize the Chapter Choir for these same sacred services. Having experienced the benefits of Grief Support classes herself after Lavern passed in July 1995; Judy even became a facilitator in the Haltom City community.
Judith is survived by her 2 sons both of Macon, GA; “Bill” (Carla Lienhard) and Lorren (Jeani); her 2 youngest daughters Kim (Jeff) McElhaney also of Macon and her youngest daughter Lisa (Mark) Fairhurst of Shell Rock, IA; one sister Jane Stocks (Marvin) Hansen and one brother Robert (Kathy) Eckenrod Jr. both of Waterloo. She is preceded in death by husband Lavern F. Pint; daughter Michelle A. Ackerman; her father Clem Stocks; her Step-father Robert Eckenrod, Sr., her mother Fonda Mae (Nicholson, Stocks) Eckenrod; two sisters Jacqualine Marie (Stocks) Pint and Janice Eckenrod; and one brother Rodney Eckenrod. Judith had been blessed with 13 Grandchildren, 30 Great-Grandchildren, and as she would tell you; TONS of “adopted” kids and grandkids over the years. She had been known as Miss Judy, Mom Judy, Mom Pint, Mama Judy, Gramma Texas, and Mama Gateway to name a few.
“Judy” was often heard humming to the song in her heart and had a smile that could always warm up the room. She was quickly and dearly loved by everyone who met her and has a never-ending “Family of Friends” that stretches across the United States. Darlene, a dear friend since young adulthood. Lovable Bert and her met and started their first day on the job together at Rath Packing and remain dear friends of the heart today; all the friends from Patton St, the Moose Lodge, Ingleside Manor, and the Café; with special mention to caregiver and Angel, Tracie Coulter. Mama loved us all… “Always and Always!!!”
Future memorial services are being planned in Iowa, Georgia, and Texas. Please contact the family for those details. Judith’s body will be cremated in Georgia and her children will then take her cremains to be placed in the Catholic Gardens next to her husband Lavern, at a later date.
Low Country Cremation and Burial is serving the Pint family.