Obituaries

Judy L. Kenson

May 21st, 2019

Judy L. Kenson, Age 73, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on May 16, 2019 with her family at her side.

Judy was the beloved wife of George Kenson for over 34 years. She was a doggy mom to Charite, Jenny, and Nikki all black toy poodles. Often joining her dogs in doggy school. She was a stepmother to George’s daughters, Kim Kenson and Pam DiPesa. Judy was also the loving grandmother of Taylor, Ryan and Heather. Devoted daughter of the late Francis and Lee Zaruba of Fostoria, OH. Judy was a sister to Sally Jinks, Janet Porter, and Jean Zaruba and aunt to Brian Jinks.`

In retirement, Judy was a board member of NAMI and taught Family-to-Family courses helping many families cope with mental illness. Judy was a respected Quality Engineer at Raytheon in Woburn. Judy worked until age 70 as every time she wanted to retire they asked her to stay just a bit longer. She started her career as a science teacher at Methacton Middle School.

Everyone will miss Judy in their own way, George will miss going on trips in the motorhome with Judy. In particular, he will miss going to Disney World with her each winter, camping by the ocean in the summer, and visiting the White Mountains in the fall. Judy loved traveling with George and would often tell the story of an early date with George where he flew her to Nantucket in his plane.

Kim will miss the way that Judy became the family organizer and made sure that there was always a plan to get together on holidays and birthdays. She would organize trips to Maine and invite everyone in the family to come and share the vacation homes she would rent at her expense. She was a very powerful woman and I will miss just spending time with her just conversing about life.

Pam, Heather, Taylor, and Ryan will miss Judy deeply, “Judy meant the world to us, she was always there for me and my 3 children. She helped all three by providing a no cost college education to each of her husband’s grandchildren. She was a best friend to me, when I needed to talk and a source of strength for the whole family. Judy kept our whole family together as one, always including all members at Summer vacation house every year. Judy cared for my father and interests , and had a great sense of humor. “Words can’t describe what an amazing person she was. She will always be missed but in our hearts forever.”

Louise remembers Judy as her best friend for fifty years. She will miss the time that they played together… tennis, skiing, bridge, and gourmet cooking. “Judy listened to my woes and gave me sound advice. I will truly miss her.”

Brian will miss visiting “Aunt Judy” and going on adventures like visiting historic sites in and around Massachusetts. Judy and Brian had so much in common… cooking, love of history, and being nerds that he will deeply miss coming for visits.

Judy’s services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Judy’s memory may be made to the NAMI Massachusetts, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main St., Suite 1M17, Boston, MA 02129 or the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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10 Entries in Guest Book for “Judy L. Kenson”

  1. Joanna Rose says:

    I will miss Judy’s huge heart.

    With Sympathy,
    Joanna Rose
    Quality Engineer with Judy at Raytheon

  2. Judy McKendry says:

    As busy as she was, Judy was always generous with her time to help at a NAMI outreach table and always so welcoming with people who came to the table. Our NAMI Central Middlesex board was blessed to have her for even a little while.

  3. Ivy Pompei says:

    Judy was a dedicated NAMI Family- to-Family teacher, loved by the participants in her classes for her warmth and enthusiasm. I have known Judy for only a short time, but feel blessed to have had that time. She will be greatly missed by all her friends at NAMI Central Middlesex.

  4. Leah Leier says:

    I worked with Judy for many years. She was great to work with, and I enjoyed explaining things to her. She was also one of the truly sweet people around. I have missed her.

  5. Marlyn Martinez and Rafael Rivera says:

    Me and my husband were very lucky to know Judy. We have great memories from our join subscription at the North Shore Theater. I also worked with her many times. She was a great engineer and teacher. I will always remember her stories and her smile. She definitely made this world a better place.

  6. Lisa Velozo says:

    Mr. Kenson, Pam & Kim,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I met Judy a few times while growing up with Pam and she was the sweetest, kindest, funny woman. From reading her obituary I can see how much you all truly loved her. May you always have those memories.
    Love, Lisa Velozo

  7. Liwen A. Sun says:

    I have known Judy probably for more than ten years through work at Raytheon. But in 2014, she became my theater pal. We bought North Shore Musical Theater subscriptions, and attended their five shows every year since 2014. She was my big sister also. When I had any personal issues, whether it was health-related, dealing with difficult relatives, dating or career choice, I always asked her for advice. She was smart, patient, and analytical. She always made my problem easier to deal with. I appreciated her thoughtfulness, and her sense of humor. I appreciated her invitation to share her summer beach house. She was a great friend, and I will miss her forever.

  8. Holly Gregoire says:

    I will miss you Judy. Call us if you need us George. Love, David and Holly

  9. Stephen Petrovcin says:

    I worked with Judy and fondly remember our conversations. She was so intelligent, friendly and genuine. She’s been missed ever since she retired and it’s so sad to hear of her passing. My deepest sympathies to her family.

  10. Judy Jamieson says:

    I worked with Judy at Raytheon and joined the group attending the North Shore Music Theater. Judy was a wonderful person who was always smiling and I loved to hear her laugh. She will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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