There is nothing so inevitable as death – and the reoccurrence of spring.
Judith Ann Ispocogee Sawyer, 88, passed away Friday, October 16, 2020.
Judith Ann Ispocogee was born October 27, 1931 at The Morningside Hospital of Tulsa Oklahoma to Sam Ispocogee and Sammie Beaver Ispocogee. She was raised in Tulsa and Sapulpa, graduated from The University High School of the University of Oklahoma in Norman and attended Tulsa University where she was an active member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Judith met and married the love of her life, Noah Gus Sawyer, Jr. in Casper, WY and there began an extraordinary marriage until Gus’s passing in 2007. During their 53 years together, Judith and Gus lived in Casper, WY; Calgary, AB; Lafayette, LA; and Lake Jackson, TX. In 2008, Judith relocated to Sapulpa and settled in among family and lifelong friends, and those who would quickly become close friends. During the past twelve years, Judith forged many close relationships in the community, especially at her church. She was a faithful member of Dove Ministry in Jenks where she sang with the Praise and Worship team, even two days before her passing. Music was an important pursuit throughout her life. She was a long time member of the George Espere Madrigal Choir in Calgary and Chorale Acadienne in Lafayette. Judith was a member of PEO and loved her sisters dearly.
She was spunky, vibrant, and fun-loving; a homemaker, friend-maker, outgoing conversationalist who never met a stranger. She enjoyed being surrounded by her family and friends. In Judith’s kitchen there was always a pot of dark roast coffee, snacks in the pantry, and conversation and laughs around the table. Everyone was welcome!
Judith had a caring and compassionate heart and was always willing to help others. She loved her Lord and Savior with all her heart. She shared her faith at every opportunity and looked forward to the day she would meet our Father in Heaven face-to-face and bask in His Glory. Judith loved life and will be greatly missed by family and friends alike.
She is survived by two sons, Noah Gus Sawyer, III (Heidi) of Tulsa, OK and John David Sawyer (LeanneTrujillo) of Denver, CO; and one daughter Patricia Louise Leyendecker (Bill) of Lafayette LA; five granddaughters, Eryn Roelli (Matt), Katey Sawyer, Sara Stevens (James), Jericca Sawyer and Joslyn Sawyer; and seven great grandchildren, Olivia, Judah, Sadie, Isaiah, Morgan, Elizabeth and Giovanni.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her sister Patricia J. Jones of Houston, TX; brother Micco T. Ispocogee of Oklahoma City, OK; and sister Mariam I. Bechtel of East Berlin, PA., along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.
A service celebrating Judith’s life will be held Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Smith Funeral Home, 1208 S. Main Street, Sapulpa, OK. Visitation will take place beginning at 11 am until the time of service at 2 pm.
Interment will immediately follow at South Heights Cemetery in Sapulpa.
Services are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.
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