Judith Nevias Diamond (29 & holding + 63) passed away at home surrounded by family on March 10, 2021. There was a private burial service due to the pandemic. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Lawrence Diamond. She is survived by two daughters: Sherry Diamond Liebman of Va. Beach and Marian Diamond (Ari Tapper) of Fairfax Station, VA, four grandchildren: Daniel, Rachel, Ben, Zoe, and her cat, Callie.
Our mom, Judy, was raised in Phoebus, VA and was a proud Hampton High Crabber. She graduated from the College of William and Mary at the age of 19 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After working as a social worker and then in the government, Judy worked with her husband at their family-owned drugstore, Diamond Pharmacy, for 53 years.
Judy was a member of B’nai Israel Synagogue and then of Adath Jeshurun Synagogue for over 60 years. She was active in Ladies Auxiliary of AJ, Hadassah, National Council of Jewish Women, Bridge Club, a member of Red Hat Society, Warwick Garden Club, and volunteered with special needs children.
Those who knew our mom knew how incredibly intelligent she was. She was fun-loving, spunky, and had a great sense of humor. Mom was a firm believer that laughter was the best medicine. Even during the worst of times she managed to help us find a silver lining and have us laughing through our tears. She was so incredibly strong and resilient during some of the toughest times throughout her life. Judy was always there to listen to others and never judged. Mom enjoyed making new friends and treasured old. Momma loved family dearly and was a wonderful mother and grandmother.
She loved all animals, especially cats, and enjoyed many activities with her family including vacations, seeing Broadway shows, walks on the Noland Trail in the Mariner’s Museum, fishing (in earlier years), and singing musical show tunes with us. She made beautiful flower arrangements. She taught us our love of sunrises and sunsets, the ocean, and walks in the park. Our mom was altruistic and kind, and she brought joy and laughter to everyone who knew her.
“A single person is missing and the world is empty. How grateful we are to have had her in our lives.” (Meryl Streep)
The family requests donations in her memory to Hadassah.org or The Virginia Living Museum (thevlm.org) or Peninsula SPCA (PHS-SPCA.org)