Judith M. (Anderson) Kirk

October 15, 2015

Judith M. (Anderson) Kirk

JUDITH M. “JUDY” (ANDERSON) KIRK – of Woburn, Thursday, October 15th. Beloved wife of Thomas R. “Tucker” Kirk, Sr. Devoted mother of Barbara J. Kirk of Woburn and Thomas Kirk, Jr. and his wife Albena of San Diego, CA. Dear sister of the late June Anderson Gillis and her husband Alan. Cherished grandmother of John F. Gillis IV and his wife Alicen (Carr), Brian T. Gillis, Jaclyn Desmond and her husband Michael, and Ashley, Kelsey, and Lindsey Kirk and great-grandmother of Mason and Dylan Desmond, John Gillis V, and Lucas and Isley Greathouse. Dear sister-in-law of Marie Ward, Larry and Paula Kirk, Rose Kirk, Mary Kirk, and Ethel Kirk and the late Paul Kirk, Eleanor and Roger Quigley, John Kirk, Charles Kirk, Roseann and Warren Costello, Robert Kirk, and Russell Ward. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, October 17th at 11 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Judy’s memory to the MA Lion Eye Research, PO Box 650, New Bedford, MA 02742 or to the charity of one’s choice.

OBITUARY:

Judith Marie Anderson Kirk, loving wife of Thomas R. Kirk passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Thursday morning, October 15th after a five year battle with “PSP” Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

Judy was the daughter of the late Edwin and Marguerite (Ford) Anderson. She grew up in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School. Judy was very active in the Aunt Ruth Villa’s Dance Troupe and would perform at the VA Hospitals for the injured soldiers

In 1958 she married the absolute love of her life Tom “Tucker” Kirk to whom she has been devoted to for over fifty seven years. They brought two wonderful children into the world to whom she was devoted. She was very active in her daughter Barby’s dance joining in and taking part in all the recitals and performances. At the Woburn Boys Club Judy had become a founding mother of the Boys Club Pacers who volunteered for the Saturday kitchen command!

Travelling was always enjoyed by the Kirk family. So much so they invested in a motor home , became members of the Innitou “Mickey Mouse” camping group. From Disney World to York Beach Maine, many life long friendships were established and continue on to this day. From pot luck dinners to she and Tucker floating across the dance floor, they had a ball for over twenty five years.

Judy led an incredibly full life dedicated to others, especially her children. On Easter and Halloween holidays she would decorate dozens and dozens of Easter baskets and Halloween pumpkins and gave them all away to young children. Dressing as the “Easter Bunny” for years, she would visit children at local hospitals.

Judy also worked part time at the Woburn Daily Times in the Circulation Department collating and then into Advertising. It was Judy who began the first “Find it Quick”, Bridal and Medical Directories for the Times and it flourished for many years.

Then illness struck over five years ago and forced her into retirement. A crippling disease known as PSP, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, which literally destroys your sight, speech, balance, and ability to swallow, but never stopped her love for family and all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all.

She is lovingly survived by her husband Thomas R. “Tucker” Kirk, Sr.; her children, Barbara J. Kirk of Woburn and Thomas Kirk, Jr. and his wife Albena of San Diego, CA.

She was blessed with six grandchildren John F. Gillis IV and his wife Alicen (Carr) of Tewksbury, Brian T. Gillis of Woburn, Jaclyn Desmond and her husband Michael of Tewkbury, Ashley Kirk and Travis Greathouse of Ft. Myers FL, Lindsay Kirk and Jake, and Kelsey Kirk and Chris all of Orlando FL; as well as her five great grandchildren, Mason, Dillon, John, Lucas, and Isley.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, October 17th at 11 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Judy’s memory to the MA Lion Eye Research, PO Box 650, New Bedford, MA 02742 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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  1. Tucker, Tom & Family:

    I am sorry for your loss at this time she was a good person. good bye judy.

    Sincerly Yours

    William E Stafford

  2. Barby and family, so sorry to hear of this great loss for you. I have so many happy memories of your mom and the loving, warm household she created. My sincere condolences.
    Maura Kenney Webb

  3. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you all at this difficult time. May she rest in peace and let life be celebrated ((((Hugs )))) to you all.
    Love The Dions.

  4. Barbara, So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I’m sure that she was a wonderful person. Hope you and your family are doing OK.
    Take Care, John Fitzgerald & family

  5. Barbara, We are so sorry for your loss of your Mom. Whenever you talked about her you always showed so much love, respect and grace that you have for her. I hope all the memories you have of her will help you through this very hard time for you and your family. Just know that she is in God’s hands now and there is no more discomfort for her. May she rest in peace. Keith & Linda Lordan

  6. “Pretty Lady”
    May the road rise to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face.
    And rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in
    the hollow of His hand.
    Love,
    The Balestrieri’s

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