LORETTA MAE JUDD was born April 11, 1880, in Hardin County, Ohio, the only daughter of Mr . and Mrs. Samuel Shockey. At the age of six she moved to Iowa where she l ived for the following eight years.
At thirteen, she began to write for papers and per iodicals, in addi t ion to newspaper repor t ing. A year later , in San Diego, Cal i for -nia, she cont inued her wr i t ing, together wi th the fur ther study of shor thand and business subjects.
Her f i rst spi r i tual awakening came when she at tended revival meetings in a Methodist Church in San Diego. After this exper ience, she fel t that God wanted her to consecrate her ambi t ion to be a wr i ter . Because of this she took al l her wr i t inlgs and newspaper ar t icles and burned them.
At nineteen, she moved to Chicago, br inging her sick mother to John Alexander Dowie for prayer , at which t ime she took a secretar ial posi t ion in Dr . Dowie’s of f ice. Eventual ly she became pr ivate secretary to one of Dr . Dowie’s leading executives, H. Wor thington Judd, to whom she was mar r ied in 1905. To this union was born a daughter , Mary Elizabeth.
In 1903 she had been appointed principal of the business department of Zion Educational Inst i tut ions. Af ter her mar riage, she continued teaching, establishing two pr ivate busi1wss schools in Zion Ci ty and Waukegan, I l l inois.
In 1911 she was born again wi th the resul t that she was cal led into the minist ry. Wi th unt i r ing devot ion to her cal l ing, she has been a fai thful , valiant “soldier of the cross” since that t ime, remaining in act ive service unt i l her accident la,st fal l . Her death on May 31, 1959, consummated a l i fe of consecrated dedicat ion to the wi l l of God.