ELKHART — Judith L. (Kidder) Dutton, 76, of Elkhart passed away at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Elkhart General Hospital following an extended illness.
She was born in Elkhart on Nov. 10, 1937, to Betty J (Mehl) and Robert J Kidder. Both preceded her in death.
She married Bobby R. Dutton, the love of her life, on July 7, 1956, in Mississippi. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are her two sons, Randy R and Michael J Dutton; and one daughter, Teri L Schenk; a daughter-in-law whom she loved like her own, Michaele King Dutton; seven grandchildren, Jammie (Tony) Butler, Christopher (Kristin) Dutton, Justin (Mandie) Schenk, Matthew (LeAnn) Dutton, Brandon Schenk and Hunter Dutton; and seven great-grandchildren, Garret Schenk, Cole Dutton, Charlie Butler, Carley Schenk, Kaelyn Dutton, Vincent Butler and Ava Dutton.
A second daughter-in-law she loved like her own, Alice Bowers Dutton, and grandson Robert Dutton preceded her in death.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Hubbard Hill Estates Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Tim Henke, Hubbard Hill chaplain, will officiate. Entombment will follow in Rice Cemetery.
Judy worked as a customer service representative at Miles Laboratory; however, her full-time job was caring for and loving her children and friends. She graduated from Elkhart High School in 1956 and always dreamed of being an elementary teacher until she met and married the love of her life, Bobby.
She was a member of Bent Oak Golf Course and served on several golf committees. She loved golfing and girl trips to Las Vegas and rarely turned down an opportunity to go shopping.
She was extremely busy with all activities at Hubbard Hill. She participated in as many committees and activities as she could, often encouraging other residents to get involved. She loved reading, playing bingo, and working on word search and brain teaser puzzles. She had recently learned how to paint and was looking forward to sharing that talent with others.
She had an extremely loving and nurturing nature. She was best remembered for her giggly laugh, huge smile, and extremely loving and giving ways. Her greatest joys were all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, oftentimes juggling between watching baseball, football, golf, volleyball, plays, marching band and choir, supporting all of their educational activities.
She loved providing cookies to her golfer friends. She led by example and showed an incredible amount of support and strength. To the end of her life, Judy tirelessly gave of herself to family and friends.
Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to Hubbard Hill Angel Garden, 28070 C.R. 24, Elkhart, IN 46517.