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Judith Turner

Jericho - Judy (Judith) Ellen Matthews Turner died on Friday, July 6th, 2018, her 76th birthday, at the VNA Respite House following a 19 month battle with cancer. Judy grew up in Harpswell, ME, the second child and only daughter of Louis and Pauline (Moody) Matthews. Judy met her husband, Terry, while at the Univ. of Maine, and they married in 1964.

Judy owned The Flower Mill, a florist business in Jericho, combining her love of people and creative talent. This operated first in the Old Mill and later in a renovated space adjacent to their family home on Rte 15 (now the Jericho Café and Tavern). Judy's connection to the community included serving as a member and eventually as chair of the MMU School Board.

After retiring in 1999, Judy and Terry moved to Beebe Lake in Hubbardton, VT. They loved this lakeside retreat and formed many special friendships with their neighbors. They were fortunate to spend their days working on hobbies, relaxing with friends and family, and sometimes just enjoying the late afternoon sitting on the deck.

In 2006, Judy lost Terry to cancer. She remained on Beebe Lake for several more years with her wonderful golden retriever, Danny Boy. In 2012, Judy sold her lake home and returned to Jericho to be closer to family. Here she enjoyed long walks through the woods with Danny, being creative in her sewing room, and spending time with her granddaughters.

After her return to Jericho, Judy also reconnected with an old friend, Tom Fetters. Judy and Tom travelled, spent time with friends and genuinely enjoyed being together. They made the most of the time they had, and Tom was a devoted companion and caregiver throughout Judy's illness.

Judy is survived by her partner, Tom Fetters, of Underhill; sons Michael (Amy) of West Bolton, VT; and Kevin (Deanna) of Ridgefield, WA; four granddaughters; her brothers Clint (Venice) Matthews of Topsham, ME and Larry (Joan) Matthews of Arundel, ME; her beloved dog Danny, and dear friends from Jericho, Beebe Lake and beyond.

A celebration of Judy's life will take place on Sat., July 21st at 1:00 in the garden at the home of Dick & Ann Squires, 35 Cilley Hill Rd, Jericho. All are welcome, casual dress. Please visit www.awrfh.com for a more complete obituary and to offer condolences to the family.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 10, 2018
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