Judith M. Dean, 81, of Webster, MA, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 13, 2021 after a long struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. She passed on the Feast of the Ascension Day.
Judith May Blades was born on April 20, 1940, in Boston, MA to her parents Nettie May Blades and James William Stanley Blades.
Judith graduated from Boston Trade High School for Girls in 1960 and went on to become a beautician.
Judith married William D Stewart in 1962. They had 4 children: Carol A. Smith; Robert D. Stewart; Michael J. Stewart; and Pamela A. Stewart-Cregg; all of Webster, MA. Judith and William later divorced.
Judith became a Certified Nursing Aide in 1980, working at Webster Manor until her retirement in 1987.
Judith married Edward Dean in 1987. Edward sadly passed November 12, 1999
Judith was predeceased by her husband Edward; her parents; brothers William Blades and James Blades; sisters Virginia McGarrell and Shirley Blades; her nephew Ronald Stewart; and a niece Patricia Murphy.
Judith is survived by her 4 children: Carol Smith; Robert Stewart; Michael Stewart; and Pamela Stewart-Cregg; her sister Beverly M. Nowicki and her husband Alfred; her niece Linda L. Stewart; her 3 grandsons: Michael Dobbs, Cameron D. Smith, and Kyle Lamica; 6 granddaughters: Stephanie M. Riveccio, Jillian E. Smith, Cassie Dorr, Madison Stewart, Tara Lee and Jenna Cregg. Judith had 2 great grandchildren: Raelynn S. Riveccio and Landyn J. Cronk. She also leaves her son- in- law Michael Cregg; 2 daughters-in-law, Jennifer Dorr and Cindy Lamica; a sister -in- law, Shirley George of Alameda, CA; and beloved friends Rita and Russell Ouellette, as well as many nieces, nephews, step grandchildren and friends.
While raising her children, she provided haircuts, rinses and permanents to all comers to her home. Judy loved to play cards, games, and crochet. She also ran a concession stand at Memorial Beach in Webster, MA with her husband Edward. She was known for her sense of humor and her kindness. Judith wore a t-shirt that read: “Oh, let me drop everything and work on your problems!” While this may have been sarcastic humor coming from another person, for Judith it was her way of life. She helped as many people as she could, laughed every day, and made everyone better by her presence. She treasured family gatherings and her endless hours with her grandchildren. She was kind, funny, silly and beloved by her family, friends and the neighborhood children who all called her “Nana.”
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to JHC Hospice, specifically Marjorie Colon RN, and Lori Gustafson for their compassion, love and laughter over the past 6 months.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, 48 School Street, Webster, MA. Burial will take place on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to JHC Hospice, 646 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609.
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