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Barbara Judge

August 24, 1940 — February 22, 2021

Paavola Barbara (deDoes) Judge, 1940-2021 The sun set on the life of Barbara Judge on February 22, 2021, while at home inHancock, Michigan, ushering her back to the stardust from which she came. A life-longlover of the natural world, her presence will forever be felt in the quiet of a woodlot oramongst the blooms of a wildflower garden. Born on August 24 th , 1940 in Royal Oak, Michigan to Dena and Jimmy Judge, Barbaraattended Berkley High School and later went on to graduate from Michigan StateUniversity with a degree in urban planning. After spending many years working for thecity of Lansing in both the planning department and later as Director of the LansingSenior Center, Barbara moved to Oregon where she obtained a masters degree inhistory with an emphasis on historic preservation from Oregon State University.With the wind at her back, Barbara the gypsy, as she called herself, traveled and livedall over the United States while writing about and photographing the various culturallandscapes found across the country. Always at her side, riding shotgun in her trustyToyota Tacoma truck, was one of her dogs - Maggie, Liza, Bailey, Lil, Sal, or mostrecently Daisy. Barbara will be most remembered as being a storyteller. By researching the history of aplace or thing, whether it was vernacular architecture, folk art, a primitive antique, asmall rural town or something from the natural world, Barbara, through her writing andphotos, sought to tell the story of that item and its place in the world. From the regionsshe called home - the Midwest, Upland South, Pacific Northwest, or the DesertSouthwest - her work created a deep sense of place, of connection and belonging.Much of her wisdom and knowledge in this area gained through time spent in thenatural world. Sharing her journey on the dirt path of wildness she embraced were her children Darcy(Mike) Costello, Kirk Dedoes, her late son Erik Dedoes and Elizabeth (Bill) Weisberg aswell as grandchildren Jimmy (Ashley) and Ryan Costello, Whitney Weisberg, CassieDedoes and great-grandson Jack Costello. A Celebration of Life is to be held in Hancock, Michigan, summer 2021, for immediatefamily members. Helping to shed light on the fact that life lives on through sharedmemories and love, these feelings burning brightly as stars in the darkened night sky.
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