Judith A. Worden

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Judith A. Worden of Middletown, entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 54.

The daughter of Eugene Minkus and Dorothy Waskiewicz Minkus, she was born on June 2, 1963, in Goshen.

Judy spent the last 27 years of her life working for the State of New York at Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center and Hudson Valley DDSO. She dedicated those years to helping others and was always willing to lend an open ear, a smiling face or a homemade baked good. She recently retired this past March.

She decided to spend her days traveling, visiting with friends and family, and taking care of her dog, Rocky, and cat, Angel. She gave her whole heart to any animal that crossed her path. She and Rocky have been joined together once again, in Heaven, as she selflessly put him down in July knowing he’d given her all the love he had.

Judy was a phenomenal baker. If she wasn’t baking, she was out back in her yard gardening. Judy took so much pride in her home. She also never lacked words to express how proud she was of her two children. She made many sacrifices over the years to give her kids the best life possible. She succeeded at all of the things in her life that were most important to her. You could tell that by looking at every wall in her house that was covered with pictures of her kids, animals and grand kids.

She is survived by her father, Eugene Minkus of New Hampton; son Art Worden Jr. and wife Michelle of Middletown; daughter Amanda Worden of Brooklyn; three grandchildren: Dallas, Madison and Colton Worden; sister Sharon Beam and her husband Jerry of New Hampton; brother Donald Minkus and his wife Sharon of New Hampton; companion Raymond Quintana of Middletown; nieces Jennifer Gardner, Sara Tamburello and Lindsey Minkus; and nephews Justin Gardner and Phillip Minkus, as well as many aunts, uncles and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Aug. 30 at T.S. Purta Funeral Home, 22 Glenmere Ave., Florida.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 31 at St. Joseph Church in Florida, N.Y.

Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the T.S. Purta Funeral Home. To send a condolence online, please go to www.purtafuneralhome.com.

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