Judith Alison Burdge Baze

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Judith Alison Burdge Baze, aged 65, of Hooker, OK, departed this life on Dec. 2, 2018, at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, KS, and entered the gates of heaven.

Born on March 12, 1953, in Liberal, KS, Judi was the second daughter of Lawrence “Jiggs” and Lucille Lawson Burdge. She and her older sister, Kathleen, were raised in Hooker, where their father was co-owner of the Hooker Hardware Company and their mother was a stay-at-home mom and later a teacher.

Saved at age 12 at the Hooker First Baptist Church, she humbly walked with her Lord and continued to grow in her faith. Judi delighted in small town life, and she was always proud to be from Hooker. Judi attended Hooker Public Schools, graduating with the Class of 1971. Judi earned a BS in Home Economics from OSU in Stillwater, a Masters in Housing and Interiors from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and a Masters in Special Education at North Texas State University in Denton.

On Oct. 22, 1977, Judi married Clifford Baze at Hooker First Baptist Church. To this union, two sons were born, Ryan and Austin. Over their 41 years of marriage, Judi and Cliff lived in several Texas towns including Lubbock, Odessa, Abilene, Denton, Aubrey, and Higgins. During this time, Judi became an expert packer and mover.

It was in Odessa that Clifford surrendered to the ministry, and Judi accepted the call to be a pastor’s wife. She opened her home for mentoring sessions, Bible studies, and fellowships. There was a gracious calmness about Judi that put everyone around her at ease. Over the years, they served at Bradshaw Baptist Church near Abilene, Rock Hill Baptist Church in Aubrey, First Baptist Church at Higgins, and First Baptist Church of Hooker. Shealso served as Director of VBS, Women’s Sunday School Teacher, Women’s Bible Study Leader, Multimedia Facilitator, Youth Group Sponsor, and Children’s Sunday School Teacher. Judi began her professional career in the special education department at Evers Park Elementary in Denton. In 1998, she was hired as an educational diagnostician with the Perryton Special Education SSA. For the next 20 years Judi had the privilege of working on every campus in the Perryton and Spearman Schools in addition to helping at Booker Schools.

A gifted mentor for incoming diagnosticians and special ed teachers, Judi also specialized in working with parents, helping them understand their children’s disabilities and giving them hope for the future. She especially treasured her Perryton Special Education SSA “family” and the special friendships and working relationships they shared. Judi retired in May of this year.

Judi had a willing heart to help everyone that came into her life. She would stop what she was doing and carefully listen to each concern or request. Judi was a faithful prayer warrior who prayed for everyone and shared an applicable scripture for each burden. She also led prayer groups that multiplied her prayers. Those who knew her will miss her unselfish guidance and caring ear. She put God first in every situation and talked to her Father daily not just when she needed something.

In 2006 Judi and Cliff moved back to Judi’s childhood home to provide inhome support and loving care for her mother Lucille until her death in 2015.

Judi was born with double scoliosis in the Fifties when medical options were limited. She lived her life to the “full” even though her movement was limited and she experienced daily physical challenges. Her hope was not in this world but rested totally in the hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Judi’s acceptance of life’s challenges along with her complete dependence on her Lord enabled her to embrace life with grace and humility.

Judi Baze was a godly woman known for her great wisdom, unending patience, and loving spirit. She made this world a better place through her relentless service for her Savior and godly counsel for His followers.Judi always found great joy as a wife, mother, and grandmother, and she was especially proud of her grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her stepfather Marion Cavis, and stepbrother Kendell Cavis.

She is survived by her husband Cliff of the home; son Ryan and wife Stephanie of Claremore; son Austin of Noble; and grandchildren: Chandler, Hayden, Jade, and Hunter. She is also survived by sister Kathleen Smith and husband Robert of Yukon; stepsister Linda Cavis and husband John ofHolualoa, HI; stepsister Paula Sue Mariconda and husband Rich of Hardesty; stepbrother Keith Cavis and wife Rosalie of Hastings, Minnesota; nephew Jerrod Smith of Edmond; stepnephew Eric Mariconda of Oklahoma City; stepnephew Brad Mariconda of Evergreen, CO; step-niece Jessica Cavis ofSaginaw , MN; step-nephew Ryan Cavis of Estes Park, CO; and numerous other family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Gideons International, Focus on the Family, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Memorialsmay be left at Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Box 745, Hooker, OK 73945.

Judi’s celebration of life service is scheduled for10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at Grace Southern Baptist Church in Guymon, OK, with Eddy Scoggins and Kendall Brown officiating. Interment will beat 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at theHooker Cemetery. Both services are under the direction of the Roberts Brothers Funeral Home in Hooker, OK.

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