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BAINBRIDGE - Judith Rose Handy Derr lived a full and rich 71 years. She raised five boys, provided years of joy to dozens of grandchildren, participated in a variety of community organizations and activities, and welcomed many, many friends into her life and home.
Judy was born on Dec. 25,1946, (a Christmas Baby!) in Norwich. Growing up in Norwich, she spent a lot of time with her father, a sound man, either on projects with him in his workshop or traveling the fair circuit in the summer. She also enjoyed time in the kitchen with her mother, learning skills that she used prodigiously later in life to the benefit of all who sat around her table. From both of her parents she developed an attention to detail and a yearning for perfection in her surroundings.
She moved to Bainbridge where she happily spent the rest of her life in 1971.
She quickly began a career in early childhood education, working at Opportunities for Chenango first as a head start teacher, and then in numerous program services administrative roles.
Along the way, she obtained her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from the State University College at Oneonta.
She was very dedicated to providing preschool children with emotional, social, health, nutritional and psychological support.
Judy was many things, but one of the most important to her was being a Rotarian. She spent decades living the motto "Service Above Self," including in many leadership roles both locally and district wide. She was also involved in several other community organizations.
Judy passed away on March 1, 2018, surrounded by family in the home that she loved, the home she had shared for some 30 years with her beloved David and their seamlessly combined families.
While at home, David and Judy gardened, worked the property and cooked (and cooked, and cooked) together. But, once they retired, even when not at home, they were rarely separated. In most of their community activism, they came as a team. And once Judy discovered, much to her surprise, that she liked to play golf, they spent hours and hours together on courses all over the country.
David predeceased Judy by two years. She was also predeceased by her parents, George and Francis Handy; and her brothers, Bill and Bob Handy.
She is survived by her sons and their families, Bill (Ren) Lara-Lothridge, Tom Lothridge and Kristen DeBruyne and his children, Kaitlin (who gave Judy her first great-grandchild, Noah) and Ali, Steve (Jenny) Lothridge and their children Sam, Katie, Luke, Shane, Yameek; Charlie (Michelle) Derr and their children, Elijah, Jessica, Travis, and Bailey; and Dan (Audrey) Derr and their daughters, Elli, and Cali. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Joyce Handy; and nephews Mike, Tim, and Chris Handy; Mark Handy; and Michael, Cristopher, Jon Dayton and their wives and children.
She will be greatly missed by all the people she loved, and who loved her back as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, colleague and friend.
Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 p.m., Monday, March 5, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St. Sidney, NY 13838.
Services will follow at 4 p.m. at the funeral chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Judy's memory may be directed to The Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693 or to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Published on March 2, 2018
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