Judy Belser

Judy Belser

July 11, 1955 - April 22, 2009


Judy Belser nee Judith Ann Nichols
July 11, 1955- April 22, 2009

Judy passed away peacefully at Mission Hospital on April 22nd after a brief illness. On that day she went home to heaven and is now rejoicing with God and her beloved mother and other dear friends and family members that predeceased her.

The beloved daughter of Wharton A., DDS and Joyce E. Nichols, she was born at Garfield Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., the third of their four children. She spent her early years traveling with her military family to Germany, West Point in New York, Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and finally to Honolulu, Hawaii. She completed a Bachelors of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and shortly thereafter moved to Napa Valley, California to pursue her career. She rekindled a friendship from Hawaii with Vince Belser, who was attending San Francisco University, and he helped her to settle in to her new environment. This friendship soon blossomed into a life-long love affair; Judy and Vince were married on August 22, 1984. Vince then joined the Marine Corps and received officer training in Quantico, Virginia and flight training in Pensacola, Florida. Judy relished her role of military wife, as her mother had before her, and she and Vince loved all of their assignments, making many devoted friends along the way. Finally, they made their home in Mission Viejo for the past 25 years. They have one beautiful daughter, Callan Justine, who is 20 years old and attending college in Delray Beach, Florida.

Judy loved life, and lived her life to the fullest as a devout Christian. She was the most devoted wife and mother, daughter and sister, cousin and niece, and best friend to untold numbers of people. Our Judy never met a stranger. No matter where she was, she always made a positive impact on the peoples lives she touched. This beautiful soul will be so very missed.

Judy is survived by her husband Vince and her daughter Callan; her father, Wharton; brothers Ken and Greg Cindy and her sister Kathy Hank; her puppies Malibu and Snickers and favorite feline Sadie.

Memorial Service will be held at Mount of Olives Lutheran Church, 24772 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo, 92691. There will be a celebration of Judy’s life and open house at the Belser residence immediately following. Please visit and help us personalize Judy’s memorial webpage at www.oconnormortuary.com under obituaries. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Judy’s name to: The American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or Huntington Dog Beach, PMB 342, 7071 Warner Avenue, Suite F, Huntington Beach, CA 92647-5492.

Vince and Callan wish to express their deepest gratitude to all of Judy’s wonderful family and dear friends for all their love and support. They also wish to acknowledge the caring and professional nursing staff of the SICU at Mission Hospital and Saddleback Hospital. Their kindness will always be remembered. Judy will always be remembered as a true instrument of the Lord’s peace.

O’Connor Mortuary, 949 581-4300

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75 responses to Judy Belser

  1. Liz Belser says:

    Judy’s love of life and people has always been an inspiration to me. She truly cherished every moment. I will miss her terribly.

    With love,Liz Belser

  2. Vince and Callan-

    I am so sorry to hear this news. The days of being your babysitter seem so far away. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.


  3. Vince and Callan
    My thoughts and Prayers go out to you and all of your family.
    That through the pain of missing Judy you will somehow feel GOD’s comfort and find the strenght you need.
    Yolanda & Xavier V

  4. Bree Gallery says:

    Dear Vince and Callan,

    Judy always made me feel so special. I’ll miss calling her and hear her hello with a long “eee” at the end of my name. She was always enthusiastic and ready to plan a day for crab cakes and wine with an encouraging “mmm yummm” there was never any arm twisting to squeeze in time for that. At least a glass of wine would do. It’s clear her heart found it’s way into all her family, friends and animals she loved.

  5. Dear Vince and Callan,
    We will always remember attending Callan’s soccer games and spending so many hours filled with laughter, stories, and Malibu. We were only able to attend a few family parties but always enjoyed being around all three of you. Vince and I also shared being in the airline industry. I was with Continental at the time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both now. It was such a shock when we received a call from Margarita about Judy. We were in Nevada spending time with friends, wish we could have been there to give you both a big hug. Just know we are thinking about you. I always enjoyed sharing e-mails with Judy. I was so happy to have such a wonderful friend.She will always be in our hearts.
    Debbie & Jim

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