A patriot, Judi Simpson-Beaver was proud of her two sons’ U.S military service.
Zachary is a veteran. Zebon is an Army private first class.
Simpson-Beaver, 48, of Merrillville, formerly of Lubbock, Texas, adorned her truck with patriotic bumper stickers, including “Army Mom,” Zachary Beaver said.
Beaver, who asked for his mother’s consent to join the service at 17, said she led by example with her selfless service to others in need — leading her sons to a different way to serve.
“She didn’t argue — she knew what I wanted to do,” Beaver said. “She encouraged it and supported it and was really proud. All she talked about was me and my brother being in the Army and me in the Lowell police reserves.”
“She went out on a limb for others, putting others before herself even if she had to do without or work two jobs,” Beaver said.
During their youth, Simpson-Beaver, who raised her sons on her own, worked as a paralegal, later starting a music production business in Texas. At the urging of her mother and sister, the family moved to Indiana in 2000, where Simpson-Beaver worked in research for local title companies, at several gas stations and a convenience store.
Beaver said his mother’s grandson Caleb was the love of her life.
“She had so much patience with him,” Beaver said. “When he was an infant she would sit and hold him for hours. She always talked about him and how much she loved him.”
Simpson-Beaver enjoyed music, crafts, cooking and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys. She made and sold candy flower arrangements.
Most of all, Beaver said, he will miss his mom’s presence.
“She was always around; it was always nice to talk to her,” Beaver said. “She was encouraging and positive.”