JUDITH (SUMMERTON) MORIARTY JERICHO - Surrounded by her family, Judith (Summerton) Moriarty, 78, died in the Vermont Respite House, Williston, on Monday, March 10, 2014, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Her positive attitude and sense of humor throughout her illness inspired everyone around her. Judy was born June 15, 1935, in Bath, Maine, to Merle and Fred Summerton, who predeceased her, as did her stepmother, Christine Curtis Summerton. She attended schools in Bath, graduated from Vergennes (Vt.) High School in 1953, and the University of Vermont in 1957. While employed as a Social Worker at the former Weeks School in Vergennes, she married her college sweetheart, Air Force 2nd Lt. Francis C. Moriarty on Nov. 15 1958, and began a 20-year life as a military spouse and mother. She and Frank traveled the world together, raising three children along the way. Two of those years, while Frank was deployed alone, she filled the difficult role of mother and father for her children. Fond memories of their military life included living in Paris and Versailles, France, and Stuttgart, Germany, and numerous camping trips throughout Europe. They purchased their current home in Jericho in 1973 while Frank was deployed to Thailand, returning there upon his retirement in 1978. Judy then spent 18 years employed by the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner's Office, retiring at age 62. She and Frank then enjoyed splitting their year between Vermont and their "salt water" farm on Quahog Bay in Harpswell, Maine, until her disease forced a sudden return in August. Judy's life was her family, her love for gardening, butterflies, animal life, and her beloved Corgis, Mollie and Avery. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Frank; children, Kathleen "Kam;" Timothy "Tim" and wife, Susan, and their children, Kaitlin and Griffin; and Colleen and husband, A. Foris Anctil, and their children, Evan, Corinne, Reid and Jocelyn. She also leaves many relatives and friends who helped her weather her ordeal. Particular thanks go to the professional and nurturing care given to Judy by the physicians, RNs, LPNs and volunteers at the Medical Center of Vermont, Vermont Center For Cancer Medicine, Visiting Nurse Association, and the Vermont Respite House. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ready Funeral Home, Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Drive, Essex Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Church in Underhill Center. Committal services will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery, Bath, Maine, at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral Home Mountain View Chapel, Essex Junction. To send online condolences, please visit www.readyfuneral.com
. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Judy's memory to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.