Judith Linda McMahon
Swanville — Judith Linda McMahon died on Sunday, June 2, in her home in Swanville with birds singing their evening songs and the poplar leaves rustling. She was surrounded by her beloved daughters Anna and Maya, twin sister Janet, and nieces Josie and Sophie.
Judy was born on May 6, 1957, in Buffalo, N.Y. Her family made its home in many states, from Hawaii to Virginia and later Connecticut. She went to high school in Old Lyme, Conn., and graduated from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied forestry. She later earned a music degree from the University of Southern Maine. Judy’s work took many forms — she tended a sheep and goat herd at Smokey House in Vermont, researched Maine island ecology for the Forest Service, was the assistant director of the Landing School in Kennebunkport, tended gardens at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, was a graphic designer in Belfast, and created illustrations for children’s stories. But her greatest passion was music. She touched many lives as a violin teacher and performer in the Belfast area, where she had a studio for the past decade. Playing music with family and friends was one of her greatest joys.
Judy valued simplicity, honesty, goodness, gentleness and was a genuinely caring person — loved by all who knew her. She marveled at the beauty of the world right up to her last days and was happiest outside walking with her friends, swimming in the surf, skating on the family’s pond, sailing with her dad and paddling the Goose River in her canoe. She loved this world.
She leaves her daughters Anna and Maya French, her sister Janet McMahon, her three brothers Greg, Barney and Scott McMahon, her parents Paul and Bunny McMahon, and eight nieces and nephews.
Her family is grateful for this wonderful community that enveloped her with love. All are welcome to come to a musical potluck celebration for Judy, which will be held on the evening of the solstice, June 21, at her home in Swanville — rain-date on June 22.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) – P.O. Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988.