OBIT: Judy Lee Rinehart Malina
|Judy Lee (Rinehart) Malina|
J UDY LEE (RINEHART) MALINA passed away at Houston Hospice in Houston, TX on Sunday, February 25, 2007.
Judy was born December 22, 1949 to Harold and Nadine Rinehart in Wellington, Kansas and was raised on the family farm near South Haven, KS. Judy graduated from South Haven High School in 1967 and Wichita State University in 1971 with a BBA Accounting degree.
In 1980 she married Ben Malina and they had 2 daughters. Megan is married to Neil Gillespie and lives in Phoenix, AZ. Kelly is a student at Arizona State University in Phoenix. Judy, Ben and their daughters relocated from Houston to Singapore in 1992 where they lived for 12 years.. Judy was active in the Community Bible Study International and International Baptist Church in Singapore where she developed many lifelong friendships and strengthened her Christian faith.
She was also very active in supporting her daughters' activities. She loved being a Swim Team and Gymnastics Mom and traveling with her daughters throughout Asia for competitions. In October of 2004, Judy was diagnosed with Stage IV Inflammatory Breast Cancer while in Singapore and immediately returned to Houston, TX for treatment. Despite her trials and tribulations, she continued to praise the Lord and rejoice in being a Christian at Grace Church of Humble.
Judy was an amazing woman and her determination, admirable strength, courage, and unwavering faith during her battle brought all who knew her closer to the Lord and His Kingdom. She held true to her words to the end, "I will never give up or loose faith in God and it isn't over until God says so". At the end of her life she said, "I may not have a long life, but a life with Jesus is certainly long enough".
Besides her husband, Ben, and daughters Megan, her husband Neil Gillespie, and Kelly, Judy is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rinehart of South Haven, KS and 2 sisters , 3 brothers and their families: along with her mother-in-law, Jarmilka Malina of Victoria, TX.
Visitation will be at Rosewood Funeral Home in Humble,TX, on Tuesday, February the 26th from 5:30-8:30pm and at Day Funeral Home in Caldwell,KS on Friday, March 2nd from 6:00-8:00pm. A celebration of her life will be at the United Methodist Church in South Haven, KS, on Saturday, March 3rd at 10:00 am. This November, her family will participate in the Arizona Breast Cancer 3-Day walk.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at the following websites in her memory: www.the3day.org/arizona07/benmalina www.the3day.org/arizona07/kellymalina www.the3day.org/arizona07/megangillespie www.the3day.org/arizona07/neilgillespie
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 2/27/2007.