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Judith L. Doctor, 68, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, following an 11-year battle with cancer.
Judy was born on Thursday, August 10, 1944, in Decatur, to the late Edward L. Selking and Esther (Remenschneider) Selking, who survives.
She married DeWayne Doctor on April 27, 1968, in St. John Lutheran Church-Bingen; he survives.
Judy was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church-Soest in Fort Wayne. She was active in the Stephen Ministry and small group studies at church. She was also a member of the Lutheran Womens Missionary League (LWML). Judy was a 4-H leader for 10 years with the Marion BG's in Allen County.
She really enjoyed baking, sewing, and gardening. In addition to her church and hobbies, she and her husband served as foster parents for the Lutheran Social Services for 11 years, fostering 64 children, mainly infants and toddlers.
Judy was a 1962 Monmouth High School graduate and a graduate of Warner Beauty College Class of 1963. Judy owned and operated the LaRae Shoppe. She also worked at the Lutheran Home & Golden Years Nursing Homes in Fort Wayne as a beautician.
Among survivors are her daughter, Krista (Michael) Esslinger of Fort Wayne; son, Brent (Sarah) Doctor of Fort Wayne; brother, Lynn (Sandy) Selking of Decatur; sister, Luanne (Doug) Haupt of Gainsville, Ga.; and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, and 10-11 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church-Soest. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the church, with Rev. Kyle Krueger and Rev. Ben Haupt officiating.
Burial will follow in the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Soest.
Preferred memorials are to Emmanuel Lutheran Church-Soest, Worship For Shut Ins, and/or Allen County Cancer Services.
Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.zwickjahn.com.