I came away from my interview with Judy and was amazed. Yes, I had known her since I was a kid, but I was surprised to learn so many amazing things about her and her family that I did not know!
Probably the first thing that surprised me was that she was raised not too far from where I live now. I always thought she had grown up out on S.R. 3, (not far from where I was raised) but no – she was raised on a farm on Lower Green Valley Road. The farmhouse just below where Tom & Susie Fish live...the one with the big white barn was where her family raised hogs, milked cows, trained cattle dogs and broke horses. Judy had chores inside and out...and had to help cook for twelve people! Judy loved horses and liked to help break them for show. She had her own horse, a fourteen and half hands strawberry roan Tennessee Walker horse named Prince. Because of barn fever, they kept their own horses separate from the horses they bought at auction to break. The present day Fish family barn is where Prince was housed...except on occasions when he would manage to do a little Houdini magic and go trotting down to see Judy. She relished the years she got to show him at the fair for 4-H. She had to take turns with her brothers and sisters, since they still had work that had to be done at the farm, so she couldn’t be in it every year. After graduating, she couldn’t afford to keep her horse, Prince, she had to sell him. Whenever Judy would pull up to the field where he was, all she had to do was whistle and he came running.
A few of the things her parents taught her were compassion, to care deeply, to give of oneself unselfishly, to work hard and to be honest. I have always thought a lot of her father, Elden, because he was a very good grandpa. The first time I babysat Sherri he just happened to stop by to see how things were going. Then when Shane was hurt very bad in a car accident and had to have care round-the-clock at home, Elden was there helping and loving his grandson back to life. In our conversation, Judy told me that Elden had been offered both a scholastic and an athletic scholarship to Kenyon College when he was finishing high school. By then Elden’s mom had become very sick and his father had left them. So unsurprising to me, Elden stepped up and went to work to take care of his mom and two sisters and never got to take advantage of the scholarships. Throughout Judy’s life her parents preached a daily sermon to their children by example. Whenever she has encountered times of struggle in her life she only had to ask herself "What would Dad do?"
During high school Judy enjoyed shorthand, typing, business law and especially history. After high school she worked at Wayne cash feed store, the telephone company, and several years at the Super-X on Sandusky street. She retired with 26-3/4 years in the business office at the Mount Vernon Developmental Center.
Judy finds peace in the still of the early morning when the sun is rising. She enjoys drinking her coffee outside and absorbing the tranquility of the moment.
If she could pick one person living or dead to have a day with, she would pick her grandmother, Emily Johnson Workman. She died when Judy was very young, but Judy can vaguely remember sitting on her lap while she talked to her. She had a loving smile and Judy would have loved to have gotten to know her.
In Judy’s spare time she tries to keep George in line along with a little help from their brindle boxer, Gus, who is a very sweet dog with human-like qualities.
We are very grateful to have Judy on board as our treasurer. We appreciate the many gifts and skills she brings to this position.~Jan Talbott