Judith Hawley Warner Edwards, 80, died peacefully on March 3, 2020, with her husband of 54 years, Adolph Monroe Edwards, at her side in their residence at Brookdale Senior Living, Olney, Maryland. She had suffered with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born July 24, 1939 to James Hobart Warner and Marian Miner Warner, both of whom predeceased her. Sister of Joanna Peck Warner Kennedy, married to Reverend Thomas Blaine Kennedy of Brookline, Massachusetts. Mother of Robert Andrew Edwards, M.D., married to Jennifer Gruenenfelder, M.D. of Irvine, California, and Mary Hawley Edwards Gross, married to Robert Joshua Gross (deceased) of Olney, MD. Grandmother of Andrew Gross, Julianna Gross, and Emma Gross, Haley Edwards, Declan Edwards, and Maibre Edwards. She leaves two nephews and one niece: Samuel Hobart Kennedy (wife – Amanda) of Wellesley, Massachusetts; James Rutledge Kennedy (wife – Tamara) of-Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; Sarah Blaine Kennedy Flott (husband – Jonathon) of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She leaves six grand nephews and two grand nieces.
Judy’s early elementary education took place at the Miry Brook School, the last one room school house in Connecticut. With that noteworthy and solid foundation, she went on to the Danbury High School and then to the Northampton School For Girls in Northampton, Massachusetts, from which she graduated in 1957. Graduate of Connecticut College for Women (B.A. 1961) and the University of Chicago (M.S. 1967) Judy taught sixth grade at the Trinity Episcopal School, New Orleans, LA for three years (1962 – 1965) It was here that she met Adolph Edwards, stationed in New Orleans in the U.S. Coast Guard. They were married on July 10, 1965 in the Wooster School Chapel, Danbury, Connecticut. Judy had grown up at the Wooster School, where her father, James Hobart Warner was a teacher and coach for 44 years.
Judy and Dolph lived for 45 years in Penfield, New York where Judy worked for 15 years (1983 – 1998) as the school secretary at the Scribner Road School. She was a master quilter and belonged to the Genesee Valley Quilt Club. She was also a member of the Village Green Garden Club. Judy and Dolph moved to Olney, Maryland in 2014 to be near their daughter Mary. Judy will be remembered by all who knew her as the warm, wise and witty women she was.
A memorial service will take place in the coming months when restrictions on gatherings are lifted. In lieu of flowers , donations in her memory may be sent to the charity of your choice.