Judy was born in Washington PA to the late Kathleen Homer & Raymond McLean and attended East Washington High School. Not surprising noting her love of ice cream, she and Jim met at an ice cream shop. After marrying in 1958, they spent years traveling the country with the US Navy. They lived many places including Kodiak AK, San Diego CA, Virginia Beach VA, Mexico NY, and Utica NY. Jim & Judy finally settled in Kissimmee FL after retirement, while continuing their escapades across the country. Judy is survived by her son and daughter and their partners - Kathy & Richard of Mexico NY and Jeff & Robyn of Hebron CT, 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind an abundance of friends, far more than the rest of us have combined. This past year has been particularly hard on the family as Judy was predeceased by her husband Jim, niece Stephanie, and
Our family got a little complicated along the way, as probably most do nowadays – marriages and divorces, domestic partners and Brady-bunched kids, but that didn't rattle Judy. As our family grew and changed in unconventional ways, she just accepted and welcomed everyone as her own, biological or otherwise. In Judy's eyes, we were all family, whether or not a DNA test or marriage license would agree. Additionally, she spent countless hours studying her own genealogy and making huge scrapbooks for all of us with some photos from the 1970's that we previously hoped were long lost. With a sparkle in her eye, Judy was up for anything you could suggest. Watch TV? Ok. But it must be HGTV. Are there really any other channels? Movie? Ok, if it's even possible that there's one playing she hasn't seen yet. Amusement Parks? Ok. In 2014, she did 6 parks in 8 days with more energy than all the rest of us younger folk. She'd be the first to ride any rollercoaster or zipline over a pond of alligators. Out to eat? Ok. Jim & Judy never missed an opportunity to eat out. There was breakfast out, lunch out, dinner out, and of course, ice cream out. Meals were always with a bunch of friends and preferably at Judy's favorite, Olive Garden, where, although exclusively a drinker of Pepsi and Root Beer floats, she developed quite a penchant for Green Apple Sangria. Judy also enjoyed her time as a member of the Red Hat Society, which from the pictures and stories, was obviously just a front to go out and be silly with her friends more.
While Jim was always the one front and center stage in the barbershop quartet, Judy was quietly behind the scenes composing a cantata or two. If you were one of the lucky recipients of her "Bits & Pieces" CD, you might be humming the tune to "The Icky, Sticky Frog" about right now. No doubt, many hospital personnel are counting on their signed copies doubling in value in the coming years.
Although healthy, balanced cooking was not her forte, Judy did love to bake - especially cinnamon rolls, which were a family tradition. So imperative to breakfast were the cinnamon rolls, that occasionally we would arrive home to find a mysterious unmarked Christmas paper wrapped box on our breezeway filled with 3 day old cinnamon rolls shipped from Florida. Surprisingly enough, (or maybe out of desperation) both Kathy & Jeff are fantastic chefs. Judy was an exceptional collector. We can honestly say that every cabinet and closet is chock full of tupperware circa 1972 and supplies enough for the apocalypse. In good news, we now have enough ingredients to make chocolate chip cookies every day for the next 10 years.
Always thoughtful, generous and kind-hearted, Judy will be sorely missed. We welcome friends and family to share her memory at two ceremonies. A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 17th at 2:00pm at Chartiers United Presbyterian Church - 2230 Washington Road, Canonsburg PA. A Memorial celebration of life will be held on August 19th at 3:00 pm at the Sherwood Forest Clubhouse & Community Chapel in Kissimmee FL.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to the Sherwood Forest Community Chapel where Jim was the Associate Pastor until his death in October 2017. Checks can be sent to Sherwood Community Chapel c/o Rev. Frank Miller, 517 Archer Lane, Kissimmee FL 34746.