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Judith “Judy” Riley Walters

Judith “Judy” Riley Walters

September 1, 1951 - July 8, 2019     Age: 67

Judith “Judy” Riley Walters, 67, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, passed away on July 8, 2019 surrounded by her family.

Judy was born to Dr. and Mrs. William F. Riley  on September 1, 1951 in New Britain, Connecticut. As a child, she excelled in school and enjoyed playing field hockey. Judy attended Penn State University, graduating with honors in Health and Physical Education.

Judy moved to Fernandina Beach and created a life she loved.  In addition to being a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and Special Education teacher, Judy also loved travel, skiing, summer vacations to Cape Cod, her many friendships, and serving others through her volunteer efforts in various local organizations including a cause very close to her heart, the Katie Caples Foundation. Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with those who surrounded her, both in word and action.

Judy joins her parents, Bill and Marion, in Heaven. She is survived by her husband, Kenny, her sister, Pat (Michael),  her children, Matthew (Melissa), Elizabeth (Arnold), Rachel (Paul), and Michael, and her grandchildren, Riley, Caroline, Max, Paul, and Mabel, as well as beloved extended family.

Judy will be greatly missed by her family and her friends.  She left a lasting legacy in her family, as well as her local community.

Visitation will be held at Oxley Heard Funeral Home on Friday, July 12th, from 6pm to 8pm with a prayer vigil beginning at 7pm. Funeral Mass will be said at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Saturday, July 13th, at 11am with Fr. Briggs Hurley as celebrant. The Mass  will be followed by a reception at the First Presbyterian Church, Jim Thomas Hall.

Donations on her behalf can be made to the Katie Caples Foundation or Community Hospice.

15 Condolences

  • Mary Sikes Posted July 9, 2019 12:43 pm

    We just lost an angel. Judy is my inspiration from the time I met her when FBYSO was started in the 80’s and when she taught at FBHS, she inspired me even then. I know that I will see her again to thank her for being my inspiration, also as an inspiration for others.

  • Chris Bryan Posted July 9, 2019 3:25 pm

    I am sorry to learn of the loss of Judy. We taught together at Emma Love when she first moved to Fernandina. We had so much fun in those early years. It was wonderful to see both of our families growing up. She had such a positive attitude and I was always happy to see her. Prayers for her dear family. Love you Judy!

  • Jay Rafuse Posted July 9, 2019 4:07 pm

    Very saddened to learn of the passing of our beloved cousin Judy. May she rest in peace.

  • Mandy and Mitch Purvis Posted July 9, 2019 6:02 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Judy. We will miss Judy’s kind spirit. No one could care more for their students and others. God blessed her with hands and heart to serve others. What a blessing it was to know her. Our sincerest condolences go out to your family.

  • Terry and Pam Jensen Stovall Posted July 10, 2019 7:37 am

    Kenny, we are saddened to hear about the loss of your beloved wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Susan Rodriguez and McArthur YMCA Posted July 10, 2019 8:04 am

    Judy was an amzing lady, my and our prayers to the family. She will be truly missed.

  • Ginny White Posted July 12, 2019 2:05 am

    This photo of Judy certainly captures her warmth and resilient spirit. She was a good friend all the years I lived in Fernandina. I am saddened to learn of her passing. I wish comfort and strength to all the family.

  • Amy Reese Posted July 12, 2019 5:18 pm

    Judy’s love and kindness was truly inspirational. Praying for her sweet family and friends.

  • Cullen Covington Hicks Posted July 12, 2019 5:25 pm

    I am so saddened to hear about Judy’s passing. She was such a smart, caring person. And had amazing energy! I always felt better for having been in her company. Prayers for her family.

  • Sandra Carter & Gregory Gonsalves Posted July 12, 2019 7:06 pm

    A great loss for everyone and an angel in heaven. An excellent teacher my son adored.

  • Kayla Waddy (Ritchie) Posted July 12, 2019 7:57 pm

    So lost for words right now 10 years ago I was one of her hard headed student she was a wonderful teacher and very patient prayers are with the family in this time of need

  • Crystal Craig Posted July 12, 2019 9:31 pm

    Judy was such a beautiful person inside and out. She was always doing so much for everyone else. She and my mom were dear friends for 30 years. She hosted my bridal luncheon 24 years ago. We love you Kenny and Elizabeth, Matthew, Michael and Racheal. Judy will be missed by so many ❤️🙏

  • Barbara Menzella Posted July 12, 2019 11:43 pm

    Judy was a wonderful, kind, loving and dedicated teacher to my daughter . We were saddened to hear she passed. Many prayers to her friends and family. Barbara and Michelle Menzella

  • Sheryl Lee Posted July 23, 2019 6:22 pm

    Judy and I were neighbors for several years and she always showed interest in me and my family. When we experienced loss, Judy truly cared about us and expressed genuine concern. I remember her with a grateful heart.

  • Coreen Steinbach Posted October 29, 2019 5:31 pm

    I just learned of Judy’s passing in the Penn Stater magazine. I am so very sad to hear this news. Judy and I lived on the 7th floor of Curtin Hall, became good friends and lived together off campus during the summer of ’71. We shared so many laughs together, so many good times that summer. riding all over campus on our bikes. I am smiling thinking of our “money jar” – we each put in $5 a week for food. That was our budget! We played Carole King’s “Tapestry” until it wore out. We survived a terrifying night our last night in that apartment when someone tried to break in after we had gone to bed. I don’t know if she ever told any of you about that night. I will always remember her sweetness and her caring manner. I am so happy to read of the wonderful life she led after we left PSU. To her family – please accept my deepest condolences. I am sending love to her and to all of you all across the miles and years.

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