Judith Ann (Kreps) SaylorJanuary 16, 1940 ~ December 25, 2017 (age 77)
Judith (Judie) Ann Saylor, 77, of Ottawa Lake, MI, passed away peacefully Christmas Day surrounded by her children. She had been in failing health for a number of years. She was born January 16, 1940, in Monroe, Michigan to Dale and Jennie Kreps. She married Jess Saylor August 11, 1956. He preceded her in death May 20, 2012, taking part of her with him. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage. Theirs was one of great love and strength.
A homemaker who raised 7 children, she taught them the importance of honesty and hard work. Judie and Jess started a plastering company shortly after they were married. Judie managed all the company business affairs. She would routinely drive the stake truck, picking up materials and delivering them to the job site.
She served the Lord and lived her life as a witness of His mercy and grace. She would spend countless hours covering her family in prayer. She rarely was without her CD player and continuously had hymns playing throughout her home. A woman of great faith and strength, she was resilient. Her legacy will be one of grace and sheer willpower. She faced many health issues and scares over the last few years, defying medical odds. She battled every medical issue she faced, conquering each one head-on with determination and drive. Her faith was secure.
Her affinity for color and glitter set her apart. She loved all things purple and her home was one full of love, color and many pretty treasures. She had a flair for detail that truly was a gift.
She enjoyed traveling extensively to Alaska, Canada and the Pacific Northwest with Jess. They both shared a great love for the mountains and the beautiful scenery. She loved their “Home Away From Home” in Lewiston, Michigan, as it was a special retreat for her family.
She is survived by son, Jess M. (Beth) Saylor, daughters: Donna (Scott) Swope, Roxanne (Jim) Weible, Audrey (Jay) Yockey, Marilyn (Alan) Stevenson and Sally (Larry) Smith and son-in-law, Jim Babcock. She also leaves behind a great legacy of 21 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.
Brother, Gary (Connie) Kreps, Sisters, Rita Elder, Doris Derrer, Linda (Tom) Heywood, Gayl (Lonnie) Spoering and sister-in-law, Sue Kreps.
In addition to her husband Jess, she was preceeded in death by her daughter, Brenda Babcock and brother, Larry Kreps.
Friends may call at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 N. Main St., Sylvania, OH on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 from 3 p. m. until 9 p. m., where the Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday at 11a. m. Interment will follow at Whiteford Union Cemetery.