Judith Ann "Judy" Worden

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Judith (Judy) Ann Worden, age 82, died on August 7th, 2016 at her home in Juneau, Alaska. Judy was born in Lewistown, Montana to Jean D. and Dr. Donald K. Worden. Judy was preceded in death by her mother, father, and siblings Donald K. Worden, Jr., Adam (John) D. Worden, and her granddaughter Nicole D. Johnson. Judy is survived by her sister Dorothy Marsh, her children Jennifer Henderson (Theo), Rosemary Buchmeier (Phil), Kathleen Rado, Jeffrey George, and Thomas George, grandchildren Joseph and Kathleen Buchmeier, Jake, Justin, and Jaxen Lawrence, Jensen George, and Tara Greenwood. Judy's life-long effort to help others began during WWII when her 5th grade class cut squares for quilts to be sent to refugees. Judy composed a war song to help sell war bonds. As an early patriot and feminist Judy supported the rights movements and attended many protests.
Judy later became a nurse and worked at: Saint Anne's, Bartlett Rehab Clinic, Pioneer Home in Juneau, as well as nursing jobs in Seattle and Yakima. Judy believed in and upheld the nurses' Nightingale Pledge. Judy's daughters, Jennifer and Rosemary followed their mother's footsteps by becoming nurses. Judy loved her home in Juneau and created her own comforting oasis. Judy loved horses, animals, and birds of all kinds. Her enjoyment of flowers and gardening began when she was raising her children, growing her own food, and continued through her life. Judy expressed her art through beading, knitting, jewelry, and sewing. Her beaded purse won a prize at the Haines fair. A musician, as a young adult, Judy played in bands and taught the guitar.
Judy hoped that others will honor her legacy by helping children, the abused, the elderly, jobless, and homeless. Judy left with a parting quote from Anthony Storr, from Solitude: A Return to the Self, "…[Avoidance] behavior is a response designed to protect the infant from behavioral disorganization. If we transfer this concept to adult life, we can see that an avoidant infant might very well develop into a person whose principal need was to find some kind of meaning and order in life which was not entirely, or even chiefly, dependent upon interpersonal relationships," as she embodied these words until her passing.

No services will be held at Judy's request. In lieu of flowers, Judy requested donations made to your choice of these local organizations: Planned Parenthood, Gastineau Humane Society, Hospice and Home Care, Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL), Aiding Women in Abuse & Rape Emergencies (AWARE).
Published in The Juneau Empire from Aug. 24 to Sept. 23, 2016