Donations to fund cremation for cheerful ‘Flower Lady’

       Judy “The Flower Lady” Blue has passed on.
       Once a cheerful seller of cut flowers at 21st Street and Colorado Avenue, Blue, who was in her 60s, had been diagnosed with terminal cancer this year. She died the night of Dec. 14.
       Over the past several weeks, donations to help with her care have been collected at the Farm Crest milk store, 2105 W. Colorado Ave., and at Mill Hill Saloon, 1668 S. 21st St.
       Farm Crest store manager Cecie Weldon said the proceeds from her store's donations will now be given to Judy Blue's husband, John, to pay for Judy's cremation. She said Farm Crest customers had chipped in a total of $425. Mill Hill, which had put out a can for Judy more recently, collected $236, according to Bo Hamilton, who owns the business with his wife, Carmen.
       According to Weldon, a social worker at the hospice had told her she did not know how the cremation would be paid for, because Judy's family has no money. “It turns out that the money we raised (between Farm Crest and Mill Hill) is almost exactly enough,” Weldon said. When she and the social worker (Laura Strauss of Preferred Hospice Care) realized that fact, “she started crying, and I started crying,” Weldon said.
       Hamilton recalled buying flowers from Judy and how she always maintained a happy disposition, waving at cars as they passed. “If I was having a bad day, seeing her put a smile on my face,” he said. “I'd think, 'If she's happy, I can be happy, too.'”

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