Judi McCoy Loses Battle with Diabetes

Barbara Vey -- February 20th, 2012
Judi McCoy

Judi McCoy

Author Judi McCoy passed away on February 19th due to complications from diabetes.


Judi was known for her series of cozy mysteries featuring a dog-walker and her doggy side kick.  A true dog lover herself, Judi’s website boasts of three dogs who give her inspiration for her books.  Over the years she has also written paranormal and contemporary romance.  I remember reading Making Over Mr. Right and delighting in the antics of the exiled muses from Mt. Olympus.


Friend, Renee Bernard sums up her feelings on her blog by saying:  “I’m running out of tissue.  I’m weeping like a fool…except when I’m not.  Except when I’m remembering the bathtub incident at RT in New York that year when she and I roomed together.  Except when I remember that voice, like nails and glass in a metal coffee can sometimes…that accent that could cut through wire…but oh, god, she was so sincere and so funny.  She was so generous to everyone.  She could drive you crazy one minute and then make you thank every angel in heaven that you had her close at hand.  She’d argue that she was “nobody” in the industry and that no one knew/cared who she was until you wanted to throttle her.  Then she’d just laugh at you and bask in all the compliments and praise… and she deserved every word of it.”   (You can read the entire blog here.)


Please feel free to share your memories of Judi here.  I wish I would have known her better.


Bottom Line:  “If you like books that make you smile, have interesting plot twists and fairy tale endings, I think you’ll find my books a perfect read.” ~ Judi McCoy



536 thoughts on “Judi McCoy Loses Battle with Diabetes

  1. Kerri Nelson

    I am so sorry to hear this. Always sad to lose sister authors. I feel like we are all one big family and few professions can say that.

    I didn’t know Judi but I do know this monster named “Diabetes”. My own family has struggled with it daily since 2002 (when my 2 year old daughter–now 11) was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.

    There is NO cure for diabetes folks. Insulin is not a cure, it is a life support system.

    The two things we can do to honor Judi is to help get ourselves and others educated on diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) and to help find a cure. Brenda Novak’s Annual Auction (coming up in May) is a good place to start. You can always donate then or now in Judi’s memory.

    I just saw an article about how the number of folks diagnosed with diabetes in our country is higher than ever at 25 million people and counting! And get this…there is 3 times that many who are considered to be “pre-diabetes”. Ouch!

    Take care of yourselves and prayers go out to Judi’s family.

    Maudlin Monday,

    Some are Type 2

  2. Nancy O'Berry

    I had the pleasure of knowing Judi for 5 years at Chesapeake Romance Writers where she served as mentor and Vice President. Every January, she’d lead our plot sessions. I must admit when I read the words “on one hand you wanted to throttle her and on the other you were glad she was on your side” I laughed aloud. Oh those words were so true.
    Judi loved her dogs. Loved working with emerging writers, loved giving her two cents. Her favorite words were “just finish the damn book”. I think she uttered those at every meeting. Our little chapter will be lost without our “Judi”. I can only imagine the loss her family must be feeling. A true treasure has been lost. Bless her and her wisdom.

    Nancy O’Berry

  3. susan meier

    Becuase of our “M” last names, Judi and I frequently sat together for booksignings at conferences.

    She could always make me laugh. I introduced my mom to her Dog Walker mysteries and she loved them!

    I’ll miss sitting beside her.

    susan meier

  4. Linnea Sinclair

    I had the pleasure of knowing Judi for several years. I taught for her Aspiring Writers program at many RT conventions, and we’d often bump into each other at various RWA venues. She was always fun-loving, a woman who sparkled with laughter. My heart breaks for her family and fans. She will be missed. ~Linnea

  5. Anna Stewart

    This is just heart breaking news. I hate this disease!! On behalf of Brenda Novak, I’d like to say we will keep Judi in our thoughts as we move forward to find a cure to diabetes. We’ve already had a donation come in in honor of her. My sympathies to her family and friends and the writing community as a whole. A beautiful voice lost.

  6. Caffey

    I never met Judi, but so felt I knew her from her books, site and news, and this lost put me in tears. I miss her so much already. As a reader, her books had me smiling and often laughing right out loud. I so will miss that and wished I took more time out to tell her the joy she brought me. She’s our angel now and brought that humor with her to heaven.

  7. Pat Marinelli

    I’ve known Judi since before her first Rudy book came out. I’m sad to hear this news, I had hoped she’d beat this coma. At least I know that she and her beloved Rudy are together again. I will miss her and her novels. My condolences go out to her husband and family.

  8. Maureen O. Betita

    Judi was such an inspirational woman and her support for the very beginning writer never swayed. She is going to be missed. I had the honor of knowing her for the last five years and it is hard to imagine the next five without her.

    Diabetes is just such an insidious disease.

  9. Mrs Brown

    I had never heard of Judi McCoy until a friend forward her obit notice to me. So, being a mystery fan, I checked our a few of her books from the library that arethe dogwalking series) – Hounding the Pavement, Heir of the Dog, Begging for Trouble and Till Death Do Us Bark. I’m looking forward to start reading this series. Hopefully, I won’t need to follow a chronological order. The great thing about being a writer is that Judi’s books will continue to give pleasure to mystery fans for years and years to come. Their entertainment value will outlive their creative writer. RIP Judi.

  10. Kim in Hawaii

    Although I had seen Judy at RT for several years (as she taught the beginner’s writing course), I “met” her at RWA 2009 in DC. We were standing in line together and she was just a joy.

    Our thoughts are with Judy’s family – I hope they know how much she meant to Romanceland.

  11. Mary Hayes-Unertl

    I am saddened to hear this news. I first met Judi at a gymnastics meet in Texas. She had a few of her first books there. I bought one. She signed it! She was a terrific judge, always would give you “feedback”. Judi came to my gym to critique our athletes. She was inspirational, truthful and fair. After she moved from Texas she would come to Texas for promotions and visitations. Dolores, a mutual friend, would arrange a luncheon. We could get Judi to sign all her books that we had. All her books were fun, delightful reads. She left many smiles on many peoples faces. She will be missed.

  12. Robin D. Owens

    Judi and I were published in the same year, in the same genre, and for that I will always recall her. She was fun and amazing and I treasure the stories I have of hers.

    Blessings upon her and her family, and my deepest condolences.

  13. Darlene Nicholson

    I met Judi 5 or 6 years ago when I attended her Beginning Writers class. She was loving and supportive and had no problems giving you a swift kick to get you going. I have no doubt she is sitting on my shoulder right now telling me to quit blubbering and get on with my writing. She will be missed. To her family and friends, my deepest condolences.

  14. Donna

    I did not know Judi personally, but thoroughly enjoyed her books. I am also a supporter of Best Friends and they too have lost a good friend. My deepest sympathies to her family. A great talent will me much missed, but her books will live on to give pleasure to all who read her books.

  15. Linda

    I never met Judi, but she was one of my favorite authors. Many people enjoyed her Dog Walking Mysteries, and will miss her wonderful dogs and humor. I miss you Judi and hope that wherever you are, you are surrounded by lots of crazy dogs!!

  16. Frank Mclaren (Australia)

    First I have to stop crying. I have never met Judi but she always sent back replies each time I emailed her, she was always a real delight to email to, I do not know what I am going to do without her & her Books, she has left a Big Void in my Life now, I will miss her Greatly. To all of her Family , my Condolenses and my very deepest symphies, you have lost a very Special Lady.



  18. Cherry

    I am so very sorry to hear this, although a bit late. I loved her booiks and the characters, expecially the dogs. She and the books will be greatly missed.

  19. Karen Coleman

    I am very late at hearing this news. This is a very tremendous loss not only to her loved her books.
    Judi was really quite a character herself. She did love her dogs and of course, this came forth as the theme for the dog walker mysteries. She loved helping rescue organizations and dedicated her last book to my group, Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston,
    She came to Houston to Old Towne Spring Pet Fest and did a book signing for us the last 2 years.
    While she will be missed by many, I know that her beloved Rudy met her when she crossed over the bridge.
    On behalf of myself and my group, MSRH, we extend our condolences to the family and all those whose life Judi touched. She is missed.
    Karen Coleman, President, MSRH

  20. Betsie

    I just learned of Judi’s death today from a dedication in a series debut (“Foul Play at the Fair”, a Celebration Bay Mystery by Shelley Freydont). From what I have read in these comments about Judi’s support for emerging writers and new authors, this seems imminently apropos. I loved Judi’s Dog Walker Mysteries and am saddened to learn of her death. Her series will live on and continue to be enjoyed, giving her a well-deserved portion of immortality. Thank you, Judi, for some great reads!

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