Judith Stitt Obituary – Herald Tribune

Judith Stitt Obituary – Herald Tribune

Imagine the beauty of it –

that moment when the soul


from a loved one

returns to the stars,

their voices each whisper,

“I recognize you”

Judith Ann Stitt passed away peacefully at home on September 17, 2022. Judy was born on September 5, 1949 in Bradford, PA to Eugene and Agnes Henderson. She graduated from Bradford Area High School in 1967 and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from St. Bonaventure University.

Judy’s professional career has been primarily devoted to the care and support of Hospice patients and their families, as well as clinical individual counseling.

Judy married Donald Stitt in 1992 and has a son, Chad Michael, from her previous marriage to Patrick Shields. Judy and Don moved from Binghamton, New York to Venice, Florida in 2000.

Judy loved people, and people loved her too. She was comfortable talking to everyone. She enjoyed a lot of love from her friends, her family and all the dogs. Favorite activities were hiking, golfing, sunsets, cooking, lunching, hosting dinner parties, and exercising (socializing) at the YMCA.

Judy and Don enjoyed travel whenever possible, including trips to Toronto, Cancun, Hawaii, and especially their 25th anniversary trip to Seattle for an extended Alaska land and sea cruise. Especially the lunches with friends and the infamous Martini night on Friday were close to Judy’s heart.

Judy fought to a successful bone marrow transplant from 1997 at the Moffitt Cancer Center, where her only sibling, William Henderson, was her perfectly matched bone marrow donor. Judy enjoyed remission for over 15 years until she was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer in 2018, always saying “but I’ve never smoked a day in my life”. With her warrior spirit, she once again survives the expectations.

A beloved daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Judy was predeceased by her parents and her brother William, leaving her husband Don, son Chad (Sheila), grandchildren Colin Shields, Makenzie Shields, Lauren Stephens and Jessi Stephens-Beckham (Adam), and great-granddaughter Annabelle.

The cremation will be performed by Farley Funeral Home in Venice, Florida, and details for a celebration of life will be posted on their website ( In lieu of flowers, donations and memorials can be sent to the Humane Society of Sarasota County and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Posted online on September 23, 2022

Published in Sarasota Herald-Tribune


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