Judith Kennedy Matthews
Judith Kennedy Matthews
  • February 25, 1939 - April 24, 2017
  • Martinsville, Virginia

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Judith Kennedy Matthews passed away in the presence of her family on Monday, April 24, 2017. Judy is survived by her loving husband, John C. Matthews; by her brother, Oscar W. Kennedy Jr.; and by her children, John Hart Matthews, David Hunter Matthews and Brian Nelson Matthews.

A native of Richmond, Va., Judy graduated from the University of Virginia Nursing School in 1961. She practiced as a nurse at Virginia Commonwealth University and at the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore, Md. Judy also taught nursing at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and at Patrick Henry Community College.

Judy Kennedy married John Matthews in 1962, and they moved to Martinsville, Va., in 1964. During her time in Martinsville, Judy was involved with countless community organizations, including Garden Study Club, Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County, Piedmont Arts Association, the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Forest Hills Presbyterian Church and the Martinsville City School Board.

Judy served as President of the Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County and Foundation Board Member of the Virginia Museum of Natural History. She also served on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Board of Directors of Piedmont Arts Association several times over three decades.

During her nine years on the Martinsville City School Board, Judy was the first woman to serve as the board's Chair. Her service to Forest Hills Presbyterian Church included heading the Women of the Church, serving on Pastor Nominating Committees, and she served on the Presbytery. She also served many years as both Deacon and Elder.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church.

Honorary Pall Bearers are; Sandra Cox, Judy Epperly, Becky Farrar, Marty Gardner, Barbara Holland, Suzan Kirby, Anne Lackey, Kay Payne, Fair Robey, Jeannie Wertz, Gooch Payne, Bill Kirby, Dickie Wertz, Jack LaFave, Morgan Holland, and Andy Lyford.

Donations in her honor may be made to Piedmont Arts Association for exhibitions, Ravenel Oncology Center, University of Virginia School of Nursing, and Forest Hills Presbyterian Church.