Judith Chapman

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Judith Kay (Logan) Chapman, age 68, of Charleston, IL died at 3 a.m. on Wednesday April 3, 2013, after a valiant 1-1/2 year fight against acute myeloid leukemia. Ms. Chapman, a mother, sister, friend and teacher, was active in numerous organizations. She died in the University of Illinois Medical Center-Chicago where she was days away from receiving her second stem cell transplant.

Born January 1, 1945, in Galion, OH, Judy was the daughter of Richard and Helen (Clapper) Logan of Mt. Gilead. She is survived by her daughter Carol (Paul) Barford of Madison, WI; son Ronald (Pamela) Chapman of Mt Gilead, grandchildren Logan, Taryn, Addison, and Colson Chapman, and Henry and William Barford. She is also survived by sister Susan Logan, aunt Ruth Logan, uncle Ivan Logan and numerous cousins. In addition to her family, she will be missed by her very close friends Carol Boroughs and Valerie Boroughs as well as many other friends, former colleagues and students. Judy was a committed member the community in Charleston, IL and in Mt Gilead, where she planned to spend the remainder of her retirement.

After graduating from Mount Gilead High School in 1962, she entered The Ohio State University, from which she graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics. In 1973 Judy received a Bachelor of Science with teacher certification from Eastern Illinois University; in 1978 she received a Master of Science in foods and nutrition from the University of Illinois; in 1987 she received another B.S., this time in mathematics from EIU.

In professional life, Judy was first a home economics educator with Ohio State University Extension in Pickaway County and then a first grade teacher in the Highland Schools in Morrow County. For six years, Judy taught food science at Eastern Illinois University. In 1985 Judy accepted a position at Charleston (IL) High School, teaching general mathematics. In 2004, Judy successfully applied for Master Teacher certification in mathematics from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. By the time she retired in 2009, she had shared her love of math and silly wordplays with hundreds of students, and was a highly regarded calculus and geometry teacher, especially.

Judy was an active member of the United Methodist Church, first as a youth in Mt Gilead and then as an adult at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston, IL. There she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and chaired the missions committee, which flourished under her direction. She also took mission work trips to Chile, Russia, Poland and Hendersonville, KY. Judy's strong faith was a significant help and comfort as she waged her battle against leukemia.

Judy's other interests included spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, gardening, cooking and traveling with friends and family. She thoroughly enjoyed the dye days and meetings of the Charleston Countryside Spinners and Weavers. She often volunteered to demonstrate spinning at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site near her home. Judy was also active in a group of Charleston citizens in the 1980's, which advocated for nuclear disarmament and world peace. Her commitment to education continued after retirement through her active membership in a philanthropic scholarship organization in Charleston.

A memorial service for Judy will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston, IL on Saturday, May 18 at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be held at 10:00 AM.

In addition, a memorial reception will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mt Gilead on Saturday, June 15 from 1:30 – 3:30 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) via the Trinity United Methodist Church, 75 East High Street, Mt Gilead, OH 43338. In addition, Judy recently helped to establish a support fund for the family of fellow leukemia patient Jacinto Sanchez. Donations can be made in memory of Judy to Exchanged Lives Ministries (Jacinto Fund), 8028 Eagle Lake Road, Peotone, IL 60468.
Published in The Morrow County Sentinel on Apr. 17, 2013
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