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Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary

6464 Chippewa Street, St. Louis, MO

OBITUARY

Lois Judevine Blackwell

September 17, 1927March 17, 2015
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Blackwell, Lois J. (née Judevine) passed away peacefully on March 17, 2015 surrounded by her children. Loving mother of Kathy Blackwell, Mark (Valerie) Blackwell and Rebecca Blackwell. Loving Grammi of Michelle (Jeff) Martin, Russell (Vicki) O’Brien, Lori Lynn (Tim) Strawbridge, Kimberly (Henry) Gonzalez, Jessica (Rob) Larson, the late Mark Jr. Blackwell, John (Erin) Blackwell and Paul (Lisa) Blackwell. Loving great grandmother of twenty-four, aunt, cousin and friend to many.

Lois was the founder of the Judevine Center for Autism and a pioneer in the field of autism. She originated and developed a unique, self-supporting model system through which hands-on training programs for parents of children with autism, as well as professional teachers and trainers, may be implemented and maintained over time in diverse locations. She received many awards including the Woman of Achievement award and a Distinguished Alumni award from Washington University in St. Louis. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The family will receive friends at Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary, 6464 Chippewa at Watson, on Friday, March 20, 2015 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm. The funeral will be conducted at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Frontenac Ward, 10445 Clayton Rd. 63131) on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11am. A brief visitation will also be held from 10am until 10:45am at the church prior to the funeral. The interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Kirkwood. Please share memories of Lois with the family at www.hoffmeistercolonial.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Judevine Center for Autism are appreciated, 1810 Craig Road, Suite 109, Saint Louis, MO 63146.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 20, 2015

  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 21, 2015

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, March 21, 2015

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Beth Sposato

March 25, 2015

So sorry to hear this news. I had been wondering for a long time about Lois and decided to do a google search. What a shock to learn that her funeral was last week. I will always be grateful for what Lois did for me and so many others who experienced the world of autism. Her contribution was both pioneering and enormous.

James Schieffer

March 23, 2015

It's been close to twenty years since I last spoke with Mrs. B, yet to this day, I find myself regularly referencing her words and the principles she taught so many of us. I remember,in particular, one cold rainy day that she called me into her office day after a particularly difficult stretch, to give me a pep talk:

"Of course we cannot carpet the world for the child (with autism) - ultimately we must teach him or her to adapt and to comply. At the same time, we must honor who they are as individuals. That's why we never refer to a child as 'autistic.' No, this is a CHILD with autism. And not only that, this is a CHILD made in God's image. Perfectly made, you see, but somehow lost in a neurological tangle and without a voice we can understand. It is our job - our work - to help bring that perfection, that voice, out into the world, no matter how long it takes....Now, go back and look at your and figure out your next step, but you can't give up. This work is too important...."

Thank you, Mrs. B., for your guidance and vision, your relentless advocacy for children and their families, and the enduring gift you've given so many of us - your voice - that continues to echo throughout our work, and in turn, the work of future generations.

Markus Helg

March 22, 2015

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Bridgette Reynolds

March 22, 2015

I enjoyed my time spent with Ms. Blackwell. Becky and family, you are in my thoughts.

March 21, 2015

Though we did not know Ms. Blackwell personally, it was the Judevine Center that gave us and our son the resources so he could catch up to his peers and have a successful experience in school. Now he's a college student living away from home and doing well! We owe it all to Ms. Blackwell's vision and dedication and we will always be grateful! Thank you God for giving this world someone who helped save our son!
With deepest sympathy,
Susie and Tom Enkelmann
Spring, Texas

Joyce Suthoff

March 20, 2015

Becky and family, My mother, Millie Didden, worked many years ago with Lois at Judevine. She spoke most highly of her and all of her wonderful work. We lost Mother just a year ago. I hope the two of them can meet up again now. Sympathies to the entire family. I am sure Lois will be missed by very many. Joyce Didden Suthoff

Rick Forkosh

March 20, 2015

For those of us who had the privilege of working with and getting to know Lois over the years, we are saddened by her passing. She was one of the most dedicated professionals I have had the honor of working with during my career. Her commitment to families and their children with disabilities was without question.

She made the world a better place for so many people. My deepest sympathy goes out to her entire family.

March 20, 2015

Lois was an amazing woman - a true pioneer! I feel honored to have known her. With sincere sympathy, Barb Griffith (St. Charles, MO)

Sheila Schaefer

March 20, 2015

Emily Turner introduced me to Lois... then I came on board for more than 20 years in residential support of our clients... thanks for who you were, Lois... God's ready for you... Love Sheila Schaefer

Paula Sigman

March 20, 2015

While working at the Judevine Center under Mrs. Blackwell's daughter Rebecca's leadership, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Mrs. Blackwell both formally, at the Center and, informally at Mrs. Blackwell's home.
Her death brings to mind a quote from the German Theologian, Albert Schweitzer:
"The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others."
What a great legacy she leaves behind.
Dr. Paula Sigman

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