Broom, Judy Carolyn

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January 19, 1953 - August 23, 2017

Broom, Judy Carolyn

Judy Carolyn Broom was born January 19, 1953 in Dalhart, Texas. She passed away at her Richardson home on August 23, 2017. Her parents are Charles and Jodie Broom. She and her family moved to Richardson, Texas in 1960. She graduated from Richardson High School and Abilene Christian College. Judy taught kindergarten and 3rd grade in Richardson and Dallas for several years. Her love for children called her to start an organization, HUG Internationally (Humanity United in Giving), devoted to the care and support of Romanian orphanages. Judy became known as “The Hug Lady” and touched the lives and hearts of countless orphans and caregivers in Romania and India. Her love for the children and influence was far-reaching even into the government of Romania.

Judy is preceded in death by her father, Charles Broom. She is survived by her mother, Jodie Broom; her brother, Greg Broom and his wife Shirley; her nephews and nieces, David and Krista Broom and their son, Max, and Kelcie and Larry Fox; as well an aunt and several cousins.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Richardson East Church of Christ located at 1504 East Campbell  Road, Richardson, Texas 75081.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
10116 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238

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May 11, 2018 7:03AM

I am saddened to hear that ms broom passed away. She is the reason I have the life I have now. She helped my parents adopt me from Romania and I never personally got to thank her for helping bring me home but from the stories my parents told me she was the most sweetest person and loved by many! Rest In Peace❤️

Lynne Smiland

December 27, 2017 3:11PM

I just heard about Judy, and it is hard to believe. I will miss her---I went on one of her Romanian trips, and she inspired me so much I adopted 2 girls from there.

Laura White

September 26, 2017 6:26PM

Judy was one of the most giving and courageous people I have ever known. The work she did in Romania was amazing. She positively affected the lives of so many children, caregivers, and team members. I was a team member in July of 1995. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have gotten to know her, and I am so so grateful I was able to find her again and get back in regular contact with her some months back. Judy was such a wonderful person. She was my hero. I'll never forget her, and one day I will see her again.

Randy Oldham

September 07, 2017 7:55PM

Sympathy for Judy's family and friends during this period of grieving. Judy and I attended Greenville Avenue Church of Christ and Greenville Avenue Elementary School. Later, I saw Judy at Prestoncrest Church of Christ; she was always a wonderful friend, had a warm outgoing personality. We would speak from time to time through the years after she formed HUG. Heaven will be richer.

Teresa Gentry Klembara

August 30, 2017 10:54AM

I went to school with Judy. Her gregarious people skills and infectious smile always made you feel included and happy.

She has left this world much better off than she found it, and that's quite an accomplishment. We all will miss her light.

Kristi Peterson

August 29, 2017 6:01PM

As so many have already mentioned, Judy's big smile and her big heart defined her. What a wonderful lady. She was passionate and invested herself in her life mission. My condolences to family and friends.

Melody Bynum

August 29, 2017 2:09PM

My condolences to Judy's family. I knew Judy in 2nd and 3rd grade atTerrace Elem. and again in high school. We met again at 20 th high school reunion, when she was working with children in Romania. What a huge heart she has. Blessings to all.

Valorie Hey

August 29, 2017 1:17PM

Though not very well, I knew Judy in high school. I remember her as being so very nice and always wearing a beautiful smile. My deepest sympathy for her family. May she rest in peace.

Kaye Beneke

August 29, 2017 1:09PM

Sending love and prayers for comfort to Judy's family and friends. I haven't seen Judy in many years, so I was glad to see that wonderful smile in this picture. Anyone who ever knew Judy would recognize that smile in an instant. Here positive energy and all the good work she did live on!

Karen Latham Everson

August 27, 2017 2:00PM

I just heard about Judy, and wanted to add my condolences to all the others you have and will receive. It's been almost 40 years since my family and I were members at Richardson East, but the Broom family and so many others will always be in our hearts.

Debbi McSwain

August 27, 2017 12:34PM

I saw Judy sporadically over the last 10 years and was very touched by her mission with HUGS. Her heart was as big as her personality; and she was always a force to be reckoned with! I am deeply saddened by her passing at such a young age and send prayers and condolences to her family. When such a presence leaves us a large void remains😥😥


August 26, 2017 11:47PM

Please accept my condolences. May your hearts find comfort in God (2 Corinthians 1:3,4), family, friends and good memories during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy to you.

Sheryl pittard

August 26, 2017 12:44PM

I am heartbroken to know that my sweet cousin has passed.
We spent many years visiting on the phone, and I shall miss her very much, as am sure all of you do, who read this.

Heartfelt sympathy for Jody, Greg and Shirley especially during this time, for the loss that you feel is my loss, too. Please email Jody's address and Telephone number when time allows.
Thank you, and God bless and comfort you during this time and always.
With Love and prayers,
Cousin Sheryl Pittard