Judith "Judy" Lee Hinkle, of Orleans, MA passed away on February 9, 2021 at Cape Cod Hospital after several months of declining health. She was born in Philadelphia on April 25, 1945 to Charles Lee and Dorothy Mae Hinkle. She graduated as a member of the National Honor Society from Norwalk High School in 1963 and earned her Bachelors degree from Arcadia University in 1967. She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Liz Smith of Eastham, MA and nieces Karyn E. Thompson (Mark), Sarah E. Smith, Rebecca A. Allen (Christopher) and nephews Floyd F. Smith III (Rebecca) and Steven Lee Smith as well as great nieces Elizabeth and Kathryn Thompson, Jessica Smith, Savannah Allen, Sage Lach and great nephews Jacob Smith and Skylar Lach. Judy spent her career as an English teacher and was Chair of the English Department at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Connecticut. After she earned a second Masters Degree, this time in Library Science, she became the schools librarian and media specialist. Inducted to the Norwalk Teachers Honor Roll in 2008, she thanked the Committee "for providing a way for the good that teachers do to be acknowledged and appreciated. It is truly priceless." After retirement in 2013, she worked part time at the Westport and Norwalk public libraries. She was a Mentor volunteer at Brookside Elementary School for many years and followed a few students through to their graduations. She was also a phone volunteer for FISH. Judy loved music and could often be found at the MET in New York City seeing either an opera presentation, a play or a symphony concert. For over 30 years, she was a member of the Sweet Adelines Chorus and travelled with the group throughout the United States, including Hawaii, and Europe for competitions. After retiring from that, she attended their concerts and competitions, even if remotely. An avid reader and learner, Judy loved her book club group and adult ed classes at both Norwalk Community College and Snow Library in Orleans. She was always up to date on current affairs and loved to discuss them. Another favorite for Judy was traveling. She travelled cross country by car with friends, went to Australia and New Zealand, Scotland as well as on an Alaskan Cruise. Beaches were favorites from both the east and west coasts of Florida, Avalon on the South Jersey shore to Ogunquit, Maine. Her commitment to many friends from high school, college, teaching and her various other activities kept her busy. Judys dry sense of humor was always spot on. Favorite times were spent eating out, playing Mah Jongg, pinochle, bridge, watching Judge Judy, knitting, playing the piano and having an occasional Bloody Mary. Judy moved to Orleans, MA in November, 2019 and was just getting settled when the COVID19 Pandemic hit. That plus a heart condition made her last months a challenge. Special thanks to the Broad Reach Hospice team who worked tirelessly assisting her. Memorial donations in Judys name can be made to Broad Reach Hospice, 390 Orleans Road, North Chatham, MA 02650.
Published by The Cape Codder from Feb. 19 to Feb. 26, 2021.