SKOWHEGAN – Judith Ann McCarthy passed away peacefully on September 11, 2022 in the presence of her family at her home in Skowhegan. She was born on May 25, 1937 in Sanford to C. Albert and Doris Cote Eaton. She attended Sanford Schools and graduated from Nasson College. While dating Nasson, she met Richard “Dick” McCarthy. They married on April 23, 1960. They resided briefly in Houlton and moved to Skowhegan in 1961. She lived in his Prospect Street home for nearly 60 years.
Judie first worked as an editor for the Somerset Reporter. She later began a long career teaching at North Elementary and Margaret Chase Smith elementary schools. In her role as an educator, she was known as energetic, hardworking, inspirational and instrumental in countless student success stories. In 1984 Judie and Dick bought and renovated an old riverside warehouse in Skowhegan, opening and running the Old Mill pub for many years. The pub has changed hands several times and remains a focal point on the banks of the Kennebec River. His “beloved” Richard died in March 1994.
Judie was active in the Somerset Retired Teachers Association; as President and Vice President, Skowhegan Women’s Club, Skowhegan Heritage Council, Skowhegan Community Action Group, Skowhegan History House; as Treasurer, Lakewood Ladies Golf Association; as president and Delta Kappa Gamma, a sorority of retired teachers. She was also very active in the Federated Church of Skowhegan and served on many committees; (i.e. budget, finances, music, memorial) and thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Riverside Bell Ringers. She spent her free time playing golf, traveling, or watching her grandchildren’s sporting, musical, and dramatic events. She also loved her association with the Wednesday Warriors, a group of lifelong friends who got together weekly for a meal and laughs. She then reconnected with and married her childhood friend Robert Landry, who died in March 2017.
Judie is survived by her son, Richard McCarthy Jr. and his wife Julie of Pittsfield; her granddaughter Jenna Quint, her husband Victor and her great-grandson, Silas of Pittsfield; and grandson, Kael McCarthy of Skowhegan; his sister, Charlene St. Jean and her husband Paul of Sanford, his brother, Jim Eaton of Waldoboro, brother-in-law, George McCarthy of Michigan; and several nieces and nephews; and a “true blue” friend, Ginny Petruzielo of Madison.
Special thanks to Kael, Lynn, Brenda, Heather, Katherine, Katina and all the staff at Beacon Hospice and the many neighbors and friends for their dedicated help and loving support that kept Judie at home. We will always be grateful.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements are in the care and direction of Smart and Edwards Funeral Home, http://www.smartandedwardsfh.com
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
Skowhegan History House,
Skowhegan, ME 04976