In Memory

Judy Haynes (Vera)

Judy Haynes (Vera)

Judy Kay Vera

Judy was born in Freeport, Texas in 1946, and lived in Lake Jackson for most of her life.

She was preceded by her parents, Verda and Ted Haynes, and her brother Carl Haynes.

She is survived by her husband Imaro Vera. Imaro and Judy were married for 52 years. She is also survived by her sister Becky Musick, her daughters Valerie and Vanessa, her six grandchildren, and her four cats.

Judy will be remembered for being a wonderful wife, sister, mother, and grandmother. Judy always loved spending time at the beach with her family, collecting seashells. As a member of Chapelwood UMC for over forty years, Judy contributed to many programs through the church — including volunteering for Society of St. Stephen, teaching Pre-K classes and VBS at the church, and regularly attending Stitch & Chat. She also volunteered at the food basket regularly.

Judy will be remembered for her inner strength, selflessness and for loving her family and her cats very much.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the SPCA of Brazoria County. Viewing will be Friday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m. and the funeral will be Saturday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m. at Chapelwood UMC in Lake Jackson.

I fought the good fight, I finished the race, I am tired... take me home.


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12/24/19 08:59 PM #1    

Vivian Boggs (Ferreira)

I met Judy as a sophomore in high school.  She lived in Freeport so our paths did not cross paths till then.  We had lots of classes together during those high school years and we became friends.  The first thing that became obvious to me was that she was brilliant.  I recognized that gift of hers even as a kid and I have since encountered few people with her intellectual power.  But that was not her only gift.  She was a kind, loving person and was never anything but good to me, tho I doubt I really deserved it. 


The summer between our sophomore and junior years at school we really became close.  I spent a lot of time at her house that summer, both night and day.  Judy’s mom had died some time before I met her, her dad had remarried and he suffered from the disease of alcoholism.  Judy as the oldest was sort of in charge of the rearing of her two younger siblings.  Altho I was in complete denial about it at the time, my own parents’ alcoholism was becoming a problem and I think that Judy and I on some unconscious level were drawn to each other thru this shared, but unspoken burden. 


That summer my parents took a cruise on their boat down to Brownsville with a group of sea scouts and Daddy decided that he wanted a car while they were there.  He wanted me to drive the family car down and meet them where they were docked.  I asked Judy to come along and she accepted.  It appalls and amazes me today that he trusted two seventeen year old girls who had barely driven out of the county to drive 350 miles and back alone, but there you have it.  By the grace of God, we made it safe and sound.


Among the sea scouts was a very good friend of the family and a member of our high school class, Imaro.  I introduced him and Judy and they were joined at the hip from that day and the next 55 years till death took her.   They might not have met without my intervention and I am so grateful to have been able to do that for them.  His email to me about her illness and passing read, “She is my life and I don’t know what I will do without her.”  I’m sure he won’t and may God bless and keep him.


Judy and I remained as close as we could throughout the years thru kids and grandkids and all that life stuff.  She was gracious and funny and I will always think of her with the greatest fondness.  The world is better off because she was in it and her loss will be felt by many, including me.

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