The community is rallying around the children who lost their mother and their Hilltop home to a fire Friday morning.
Tacoma firefighters rescued Judith Abson, a 43-year-old mother, from the burning home but she died a short time later at a nearby hospital. Two others also had to be rescued but were not injured.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. A fire inspector planned to return to the home in the 1300 block of South Eighth Street this morning, Tacoma Deputy Fire Chief Jolene Davis said.
Investigators do not believe the fire was intentionally set. The basement where the fire is believed to have started is badly charred and might not yield an exact cause of the blaze, Davis said.
“It could easily remain undetermined,” she said.
A donation account for Abson’s daughters has been established at Wells Fargo. Donations can be made to Svancara Children Benefit Memorial Fund, account No. 5917369182 at any branch, according to a Facebook group page set up for the cause.
Cards can be sent to:
C/o Pete Lazzaretti
33819 36th Avenue SW
Federal Way, WA 98023
Friends of Abson’s have been posting comments and sending e-mails, remembering a kind-hearted, generous woman who was known for making great cookies.
Find some of those comments here.
Here are some more comments.
Judith Abson or D’Jenchla her game name was a close friend to me in the world of Ever Quest two, she was a person i knew and loved, who would always have a should to cry on if needed and would always be there to help at a drop of a hat. She had friends world wide from her experiences in game from holand to America all the states and from me in Australia. She was such a proud person and and artist. A story writer and teller, A friend to all of the Raven Mythic Comunity.
We would speak for hours and hours about things which were not important she was just there to talk, to help me in bad times and the good.
Judith, i will for ever miss you. and i will never forget the fun, the advice and the friendship you have given to me.
I would also like to say to her family she was a wonderful person and my heart and soul goes out to you all, for loseing such a wonderful person.
I can’t believe she’s gone. We spent an hour and a half talking about Celtic music and enjoying each other’s playlists just two days ago. She was one of the most giving, friendly people I met. She greeted life with an open heart, and no matter how many times she ended up with her heart broken, she kept on going, ready to meet more people, love more people, and enjoy the beautiful things she had in life. The world is a little colder, now that she’s gone. My heart goes out to her family in this terrible time.
Krystle Cramer wrote:
I cannot tell you how wonderful it is that you are able to hear the stories and words of those whom might not have lived or been a neighbor to Judith, but were nonetheless affected by the woman herself. Thank you truly for this.
It is a shock to wake up and see an online article about a fire that sounds eerily familiar to the life of a dear friend. Even more of a shock to learn within the course of an hour, through a network of online friends and those we consider an extended family, that your worst fears are realized. That the woman in that fire was someone you knew and loved.
Judith touched the hearts and lives of everyone she interacted with and was such a large part of the online community that her passing will leave a gaping hole. Her life was not an easy one, yet she always had an ear and a good word for those she interacted with. Could always be counted on for a laugh when you needed it most. She loved her children dearly which was quite evident whenever she spoke of them, and she lived her life with a passion that few could claim.
A budding artist, a fantastic baker, a woman with whom I struggle with words to do her justice. A dear friend, who is loved and dearly missed. My heart goes out to her family, and to the extended family online.