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Judith Ann Yorke, known to all as Judy, was born on June 15, 1945, in Hartford, CT, and was called home to be with the Lord on November 8, 2023, in Windham, CT. This loving, generous, and faith-filled woman, known for her radiant smile and unwavering spirit, lived a life of service and dedication to her family, her community, and her Lord.
Judy was the cherished wife of Howard Yorke, a devoted mother to Jason and his wife Jennifer, and a doting grandmother to Emily and Michael Yorke. She was a beloved family member to her aunt and uncle, Gary and Betty-Ann Bell, her niece Winnie Hinckley, her niece and husband Florence and Robert Dube, her nephew Nick Palmer and his wife Jennifer, her niece Sarah Palmer, and her sister-in-law Diane Palmer. She also had numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother and stepfather, Lois and Ray Palmer, her son, David Yorke, and her two brothers, James and Robert Palmer. Her family was her joy, and she cherished every moment she spent with them.
Judy was a proud graduate of Windham High School and went on to earn her BA degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT. She was a hardworking woman, holding several positions in businesses throughout the Willimantic area, and retired in 1995 from Gem Chevrolet as a manager of car rentals. She was a respected figure in her professional life, known for her integrity, dedication, and commitment to service.
Judy's faith and generosity were the cornerstones of her life. She was heavily involved in many charities and ministries in the Willimantic community. For over 50 years, she served in various capacities at the Baptist Fellowship in Columbia, CT, where she was a beacon of hope and guidance for many. In retirement, she continued her service to the Lord, dedicating 28 years to the Word of Life retirement community in Hudson, Florida. Her faith was not just a part of her; it was who she was, and she lived it every day.
Judy was a woman of great character, a woman who loved deeply, gave generously, and lived her faith fully. She was a pillar in her community, a guiding light in her family, and a devoted servant of her Lord. Her love, generosity, and faith-filled spirit were infectious, touching all who had the privilege to know her.
As we say our earthly goodbyes to Judy, we rejoice in the knowledge that she is now at home with the Lord. Her light may no longer shine among us, but it will forever shine in our hearts. Her memory will continue to inspire us, her love will continue to surround us, and her faith will continue to guide us.
So today, we celebrate the life of Judith Ann Yorke, a woman who lived her life with purpose, love, and faith. We remember her not with sorrow, but with joy, for she has finished her race, she has kept the faith, and she now rests in the arms of her Savior. Judy's life was a testament to the power of love, the strength of faith, and the beauty of generosity. Her legacy will live on in the hearts of those she loved and those who loved her. Until we meet again, Judy, rest in heavenly peace.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baptist Fellowship, Columbia, CT or your favorite charity.