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Columbia Missourian

Judi Kaye Hourigan remembered for loving, kind heart

By Emily McNutt
September 22, 2012 | 4:54 p.m. CDT
Judi Kaye Hourigan, 68, of Columbia, died on September 19, 2012.

COLUMBIA — Judi Kaye Hourigan was a woman with "a heart of gold," who was known by her family and friends to be lovable and caring, said her son, Trevor Hourigan.

“She always had dinner for us at night,” Trevor Hourigan, said. “She was a very caring and thoughtful mom.”

Judi Kaye Hourigan of Columbia died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. She was 68.

She was born Feb. 9, 1944, in Susanville, Calif., to Murrel and Ruby Jackson. She married James Gregory Hourigan in 1964.

Mrs. Hourigan was a 1962 graduate of Hickman High School, which was a time in her life when she developed and strengthened relationships with her most beloved friends, Trevor Hourigan said. The group of 14 women called themselves the “Kewpie Gals,” in reference to Hickman’s mascot. Mrs. Hourigan continued her friendships with the women well into the later years of her life, as they vacationed and got together as much as possible.

Mrs. Hourigan attended Stephens College, where she pursued her dedication to fashion. In the early 1980s, Mrs. Hourigan started the women’s department at Barth Clothing Company, a downtown Columbia family business. Upon leaving the company, she opened and ran her own store, J. Hourigan, located across from the mall.

“She had a great sense of style. She loved dressing up, and she loved clothes,” Trevor Hourigan said. “She wasn’t ever caught in public without looking nice.”

Trevor Hourigan described his mother as "genuine, thoughtful and real." He said her devotion to raising her two sons further displayed her caring and loving motherly side.

Trevor said his mother was great to hang out with and that he'll miss her friendship the most.

"She loved to laugh," said Trevor Hourigan. "And she made others laugh with her sharp wit."

Mrs. Hourigan is survived by her sons, Shawn Hourigan and Trevor Hourigan, both of Columbia; brother Roy Jackson (Kim), of Kansas City; one sister, Linda Jackson (John DiBlasi), of Wooldridge; one grandson, Hunter Hourigan, of Blue Springs; and two nieces and one nephew.

Her husband and parents died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. 10th St. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 914 West Blvd. S. Inurnment will follow at the Columbia Cemetery, 30 E. Broadway.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrews Lutheran Church or the American Lung Association.

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