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Lakeshia Smith (Shaw)

Grandma I will miss you so much. Even though you were far away (Florida), I thought of you often. They say that people will always remember how you treated them. You treated me and Bobby as if we were your own grandchildren and I’ll always love you for that. So sad to hear of your passing but so glad that you are no longer suffering. Give grandpa my love. Thanks for all the trips, family outings and family time. Forever in my heart you will remain.

Korin Cetlinski

You will truly be missed by all. I will never forget your sweet voice and your sweet gentle soul. I will truly miss our sweet talks and our giggles while doing your hair. Every time I seen you, you always handled yourself with such grace and being in your presence was so calming. You always spoke of your children and how much you loved them and appreciated them. You will forever remain in our hearts sweet lady.

Ken and Sharon Hedrick

We are saddened to hear of Judy's passing. We hold her deeply in our thoughts and prayers.

Judy Ann Poff


Judy A. Poff, 79 years old of Fernandina Beach, Florida passed away on January 28, 2023, at the Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Judy was born on July 15, 1943, in Columbus, Ohio to the late Margaret Weaver (Messer) then (Dupler) and Bruce Messer. Judy grew up in the south-end of Columbus, Ohio and graduated from South High School in 1962. After graduating from high school, Judy married Paul A. Nicholson, Sr. in 1962. Judy A. and Paul A. Nicholson, Sr. welcomed four children into their lives in 1963, 1965, 1967 and 1970. Judy would later divorce in 1975 and remarry Dwight E. Poff in June of 1984. Her children remember her as a loving, patient, forgiving and kind woman who loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren very much.

Judy was an active member in the Thurman Avenue Methodist Church as a child and even as an adult. After moving to Florida, Judy became an active member in the Yulee Methodist Church as well as the North Jacksonville Baptist Church. Judy was a Godly woman who loved Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.

Judy came to enjoy the “Red Hats” both in Ohio and in the Florida Chapters. She enjoyed getting together with fellow members and joining in the activities and wearing the traditional Red Hat attire, Red Hat and Purple outfit. She enjoyed board games of all kinds whether playing with family, friends, or both.
Judy is preceded in death by her husband, Dwight E. Poff of 27 years, son, Christopher A. Nicholson, Sr., mother, Margaret Dupler, father(s), Paul F. Dupler and Bruce G. Messer, brother, Kerry Messer and sister, Vickie (Messer) Noftz.

Judy leaves behind her children, son, Paul (Kelly) Nicholson, granddaughter, Malaney (Quinn) Toll; daughter, Penny Nicholson (two children she raised) Lakeisha (Shaw) Smith and Robert Shaw, Jr.; son, Philip Nicholson (Pam Miller) and grandson, Tyler along with six stepchildren. Judy had five grandchildren from Christopher, Sr., grandchildren, Christopher, Jr., Stacie, Stephen, Kaitlyn and Crispin along with eight great-grandchildren. Judy also leaves behind her sister, Paulette F. (Bob) Murrin; nephew, Steven (Teresa) Murrin, brother, Jerry (Lois) Dupler; nephew and nieces, Gerald Dupler, Kimberly Short and Wendy Karshner. Judy was blessed to find her brothers and sisters from her biological father, Bruce Messer and they are Kerry (deceased), Vickie (deceased), Stephen, Linda, Ronnie and Cheryl.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. on February 3, 2023. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home located at 650 W. Waterloo Street, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110.

Judy will be laid to rest at the Lithopolis Cemetery located at 4365 Cedar Hill Road, NW, Lithopolis, Ohio 43136.

Donations can be made in Judy’s name to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32257


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