Doula, counselor, Bridgewater Rescue Squad life member, interpreter, beloved spouse, mother of six, grandmother of six, Jude Brockelsby McLaughlin died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Born Oct. 30, 1936, in Omaha, Neb., Jude lived most of her life in the Washington, D.C., area before retiring to Bridgewater. Jude was a teacher and a multilingual international traveler, whose warm, outgoing personality, passion for travel and command of Spanish helped her form close friendships in a variety of cultures.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Mike, and her parents, Col. and Mrs. James Arthur Brockelsby, and her daughter, Ann Michele McLaughlin.
Jude unconditionally loved her childhood sweetheart and spouse of 54 years, the late Mike McLaughlin; her six children Katie Phalen (Jim), Ann Michele, Jay McLaughlin, Sheila Wiese (Greg), Kevin McLaughlin (Jenny Campbell), Shane McLaughlin (Kristin Janney); her granddaughters, Aileen, Cappy, Clare, Phoebe and Wren, her grandson, Wesson; and all the wonderful people who were part of her life. Jude will also be missed by her sister, Sister Pauline Brockelsby, SP, and many longtime friends, as well as her “second family” she lived with for part of each year in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
A celebration of Jude’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Bridgewater Volunteer Rescue Squad, 10 Volunteer Drive, Bridgewater, VA 22812. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bridgewater Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Bridgewater, VA 22812. Burial will be at Arlington Cemetery at a later date.
Jude’s warmth, outgoing personality and open-minded outlook lives on in her children and grandchildren. We are broken-hearted at our sudden loss.