We were just clowning around
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 9:00 PM
I first met Judy Nabors when we were both clowns, I, Kelly the Klown and Judy as Lady Bugsy. Judy said she got her clown name from when she was a tiny child, crawling around. Her dad said she crawled like a bug and thus named her Judy Bug. She and husband, Bob, grew up in Danville, Illinois. Several moves in their first years finally brought the Nabors family to Crawfordsville which was over 30 years ago when Bob took a job as Math teacher and Assistant Athletic Director. Judy says she absolutely loves Crawfordsville and is so proud of this town. "We are so fortunate to have Wabash College and the Friends of Wabash." The Nabors have had students with the Friends of Wabash from Bagladesh, Mexico and Japan and says that Lyle and Judy Schmidt, who have headed the group for several years, are her heroes.
My subject has been involved in many more activities in the community, including Teacher Friend where she works a full day for two teachers at Nicholson school; Red Hats (in her native Danville); Sunshine chorus where they sing for nursing homes, funerals, birthday parties and such. The others entertained her and Bob on their 50th wedding anniversary six years ago. She says the group is the greatest group ever that it thrives on pure love! Both she and Bob do work with the Youth Service Bureau and enjoy that. One of her most exciting experiences is working with Habitat for Humanity. She and Nancy Beach began the local chapter and Elaine Trout and Judy went to a compound in Africa where they aided in building a home for a lady who had adopted 15 of her nieces and nephews. The children's parents had died of AIDS and TB. They were the first white people in the community. It was certainly an exciting and rewarding experience. Taking students to Christ Lutheran Church Big Creek Mission multiple times was also exciting. Seeing kids wash windows, do yard work, visiting patients in hospitals, nursing homes or helping in day cares was thrilling. She noted that the children needed a little lecture to not say anything negative about the poor conditions where the mountain people live. Their homes are run down but the land is generational and their homes are lived by the families. The Nabors have three grown, married children, and six grand children, the youngest age 22.
Great work ethics is what she is especially proud of in regards to her family. Judy's varied religious experience fascinated me. Raised a Nazarene, she has also attended the Presbyterian, Methodist, Church of Christ and Lutheran churches. Some years ago, Bob attended a Catholic funeral and was fascinated and amazed with how the church celebrates death to life, so the Nabors became Catholics. Members of St. Bernard's, she enjoys bible study, and is a lector and Eucharistic minister. When I asked Judy if she had any advice for the world, she reflected Mother Terresa saying, "Everyday, do small acts of kindness with great love, especially to your family!"