Judith S. Walker filled her life with color, adventure, dear friends, and most of all, family. She passed away peacefully on January 23, 2021, at the Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen.
Born on October 16, 1931, in Greenfield, Massachusetts, she was the only child of James and Alice (Ripley) Schucker. Judith graduated from Greenfield High School in 1949 and followed in her mother’s footsteps of becoming an R.N. in 1953. She graduated from New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, where she made many lifelong friends.
Judith’s nursing path led her to New London Hospital, New Hampshire, where she worked for many years. During her early years in New London, she met Walter Walker and they married in 1955 at the Old St. Andrew’s Stone Church. They raised their four children in Wilmot. No matter how old her children were, she never failed to wave them goodbye from her kitchen window as they drove away after a visit home.
In 1971, she joined the staff at the Colby Junior College (now Colby-Sawyer College) Infirmary, from which she retired in 1997. She also worked in private in-home care and was an American National Red Cross Nurse. A kind, caring, compassionate person, her patients loved her. This giving nature extended to her elderly neighbors in need.
An avid gardener, Judith’s flower beds bloomed bright and beautiful from spring through fall, attracting many visitors, including the birds she loved. She shared plants with friends who now can keep her memory alive in their own gardens.
Judith was a voracious reader and volunteered for many years at the Wilmot Public Library. She was a long-time member of the First Congregational Church of Wilmot and the Wilmot Historical Society. She enjoyed classical music, PBS, the Red Sox, hot chocolate, and peppermint stick ice cream.
She also enjoyed a good road trip. Judith and her dear friend Phyllis explored nearly all the back country roads of Vermont. She loved author Zane Grey who captured her imagination with his stories of the West, especially Arizona, and was thrilled to drive through that desert state with her daughter. She cherished memories of her trips with family to Italy, England, and Africa.
Judith is survived by her husband of 65 years, Walter Walker of Wilmot, her four children, Wade Walker and his wife Debbie of Sutton, Daniel Walker of South Danbury, Holly Walker and her husband Luigi Minoletti of Sutton, and Nathan Walker and his wife Kathryn of New London; three granddaughters, Megan, Lindsey, and Annie; her sister-in-law, Margery Piper of Laconia; her brother-in-law, Daniel Walker of Lemington, Vermont, nieces and a nephew, and a cousin, Nancy Langley, of Wilmot.
The family would like to thank the staff on 4N at MCNH for their loving care of Judith over the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wilmot Public Library, 11 North Wilmot Road, Wilmot, NH 03287.
A celebration of Judith’s life will be held later this year. Chadwick Funeral Service of New London, is assisting the family with arrangements.