First Posted: 2/17/2013
Grace Judge, 92, of West Pittston, passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in The United Methodist Homes, Wesley Village Campus, Pittston, where she spent the last two months.
Her husband, Ray A. Judge, passed away on Dec. 4, 2006.
Born in Pittston on April 1, 1920, the youngest daughter of the late William J. and Lilly Davis Miller, Grace was a 1937 graduate of West Pittston High School. She was very proud to be the only girl in her class to climb a rope from the floor to the ceiling of the gymnasium.
As a lifelong and devoted member of the First Baptist Church, Pittston, Grace was honored on her 91st birthday as the oldest active member of the church. She loved her church and was thrilled to witness the growth in membership during the past few years. Her participation in the Mary Bliss Society, Bible study group, family night and quilting sessions always brought her joy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond R. Judge; brother, William S. Miller; and sisters, Charlotte Jordan, Marion Powell, Maude Davies, Ruth Klein, Elizabeth Melberger and Florence Bohan.
She is survived by her daughter, Ellen Gavich and husband, Frank, Montour Falls, N.Y.; son, Raymond V. Judge and wife, Linda, West Pittston; grandchildren, Raymond M. Judge and wife, Stacey, Bethlehem Township, Megan L. Judge, Neshanic Station, N.J., and Greg Gavich and wife, Tracy, Odessa, N.Y.; and five great-grandchildren, Raymond J. and Lily Grace Judge and Samantha, Manley and Gina Gavich.
The family thanks Maureen Campione, Sheryl Banashefski, Mim Gibbons and Louise Catalogna from Visiting Angels for their sincere care, which allowed us to keep Grace in her home as long as possible. Also, great appreciation is given to the very kind and conscientious staff members at Wesley Village who always kept Grace warm and comfortable during her stay.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, 509 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston. The Rev. James Breese, her pastor, will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home today, Feb. 17, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be at Memorial Shrine Cemetery, West Wyoming.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to The First Baptist Church, Water Street, Pittston, PA 18640.