Judith James, an accomplished academic and devoted family member, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2023, in Durant, Oklahoma, at the age of 77. Born in McPherson, Kansas, on November 21, 1945, Judith dedicated her life to the pursuit of knowledge, both for herself and the generations of students she mentored.
Earning her PhD in English literature, Judith pursued her passion for teaching at South Carolina University, where she worked tirelessly to enrich the lives of her students as a beloved professor. Always eager to share her wealth of knowledge with others, Judith also volunteered at her local library, guiding countless readers to new literary discoveries.
Family was at the heart of Judith's life, and she cherished the moments spent with her loved ones. As a strong, caring, and nurturing presence, she was always there for her family, offering support and wisdom at every turn. Her warmth and kindness extended to the smallest members of her household: a beloved pet cat who was both her constant companion and source of joy. Beyond these family bonds, Judith nurtured a deep love for reading, a pastime that brought her immense pleasure and enriched her life. With a book always at her side, she sought solace and adventure in the world of literature.
In times of quiet reflection, family members and friends will always be able to find solace in thinking of Judith curled up with a book, the contented purring of her loyal cat at her side. It is in these moments that Judith's spirit will continue to be felt, reminding those who knew and loved her of the indelible legacy she leaves behind.
Judith was preceded in death by her parents: Harold and Faye Giblin; and sister: Pat McFarland.
She is survived by her niece: Angela Little; great-niece: Corey Little; great-nephew: Cody Little and wife Kallie; and great-great-nieces: Madi, Taytum, and June Little.
Judith's life was a testament to the power of knowledge, love, and dedication. As we remember her in the days and years to come, let us strive to follow her example of curiosity, learning, and the pursuit of excellence, paying tribute to her incredible life and the wonderful woman she was.
A graveside service for Judith will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 11AM at the Antlers City Cemetery.
Services are under the direction of Serenity Funeral Service of Antlers, Oklahoma.
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