Judith Ward Raven, 70, of Palermo, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Maine General Medical Center Augusta Campus after a brief battle with cancer.

Judith W. Raven was born Aug. 21, 1940, to Merwin and Edith (Studley) Ward in South Freedom. Judy attended South Freedom Grammar school and graduated from Erskine Academy in 1958, where she was a dormitory student. She graduated from University of Maine Orono in 1962 with a Bachelors Degree in sociology (social work option). After graduation she was employed for Maine Child Welfare Services in the Bangor-Brewer area. She received a Master’s Degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1967. She was employed 20 years for the Maine Bureau of Retardation in Augusta.

In 1967 she and Algene Raven of Knox married. They were married for 43 years. For 41 of those years they lived in Palermo raising their family; son Judson Raven and daughter Andrea Raven Huff.

She was predeceased by her father Merwin Ward; and her brother Laurice Ward.

Judy is survived by her husband Algene; son Judson Raven and his wife Susan of Vinalhaven; her daughter Andrea Huff and her husband Roger of Palermo; four well loved granddaughters, Hannah and Hallee Huff of Palermo and Sarah “Isa” and Elizabeth “Addy” Raven of Vinalhaven; her mother Edith Ward of Palermo; sister Frances Ward of Albion; sister-in-law Lona Bourassa and husband Robert of Florida; one uncle Roy Ward and wife Margarite of Freedom; mother-in-law Bea Raven of Knox; brothers-in-law Melvin Raven and wife Carol of Appleton, Robert Raven and wife Sandy of Burnham, Arnold Raven of Thorndike, and Roger Raven and wife Joan of Knox; sisters-in-law Janice Gardner and husband Joel of Montville, Barbara Raven of Unity, and Myrna Raven of Unity; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Maine General Medical Center Augusta Campus fourth floor Oncology Department for their kind and professional care during her last few days.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., Unity with Rev. Marcia Charles officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Palermo Historical Society, PO Box 13, Palermo, ME 04354 or Catholic Charities of Maine, PO Box 10660, Portland, ME 04104-6060.

Condolences may be expressed at www.lawrybrothers.com .

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 107 Main St., Fairfield.