Judith Ann McCarthy

SKOWHEGAN – Judith Ann McCarthy passed peacefully on Sept. 11, 2022 in the presence of her family at her home in Skowhegan. She was born on May 25, 1937 in Sanford to C. Albert and Doris Cote Eaton. She attended schools in Sanford and graduated from Nasson College. While attending Nasson, she met Richard “Dick” McCarthy. They were married on April 23, 1960. They resided briefly in Houlton and relocated to Skowhegan in 1961. She lived in her home on Prospect Street for almost 60 years.

Judie initially worked as a writer for the Somerset Reporter. Later, she began a lengthy teaching career at North Elementary and Margaret Chase Smith Elementary Schools. In her role as educator, she was known as energetic, hard-working, inspiring and instrumental in countless student success stories. In 1984, Judie and Dick purchased and renovated an old warehouse on the riverbank in Skowhegan, opening and operating the Old Mill Pub for many years. The pub has changed hands several times and remains a focal point on the banks of the Kennebec River. Her ‘beloved’ Richard passed in March 1994.

Judie was active in the Somerset Retired Teachers Association; serving as president and vice-president, Skowhegan Women’s Club, Skowhegan Heritage Council, Skowhegan Community Action Group, Skowhegan History House; serving as treasurer, Lakewood Ladies Golf Association; serving as president and Delta Kappa Gamma, a retired teachers sorority. She was also very active in the Skowhegan Federated Church and served on many committees; (i.e. budget, finance, music, memorial) and thoroughly enjoyed her time with the Riverside Bell Ringers. She spent her free time golfing, traveling or watching her grandchildren’s sports, music and drama events. She was also fondest of her association with the Wednesday Warriors, a group of lifelong friends who gathered every week for a meal and laughter. She later reconnected with and married her childhood friend Robert Landry, who passed in March 2017.

Judie is survived by her son, Richard McCarthy Jr. and his wife Julie of Pittsfield; her granddaughter Jenna Quint, her husband Victor and great-grandson, Silas of Pittsfield; and grandson, Kael McCarthy of Skowhegan; her sister, Charlene St. Jean and husband Paul of Sanford, her brother, Jim Eaton of Waldoboro, brother-in-law, George McCarthy of Michigan; and several nieces and nephews; and “true blue” friend, Ginny Petruzielo of Madison.

Special thanks to Kael, Lynn, Brenda, Heather, Katherine, Katina and all the staff of Beacon Hospice and the many neighbors and friends for their dedicated assistance and loving support that allowed Judie to stay at home. We will be forever grateful.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Smart and Edwards Funeral Home, http://www.smartandedwardsfh.com

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the

Skowhegan History House,

P.O. Box 832,

Skowhegan, ME 04976

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