Judith Anne (Dupree) Worden, "Judi" to her friends and family, died April 3, 2013, after struggling with a long illness.
Judi was born in Tupper Lake on Feb. 18, 1945, to the late Vivian and Donald Dupree Sr. of Saranac Lake. Judi with her late husband, Charles M. Worden, lived in Schenectady for a while and then in the 1970s moved to Hammondsport.
Judy loved the Finger Lakes area and all that home away from home had to offer to the world, but home for her was always the mountains of the Adirondacks.
Judy is survived by her son Charles V. Worden of Virginia and grandson Charles M. Worden of Arizona; daughter Samantha A. Heil (Worden) and her husband James E. Heil, both of Florida; and grandsons Joshua C. Worden of Bath and Alexander Heil of Chicago, Ill. She is also survived by her brother, Donald V. Dupree Jr. and his wife Andrea, both of Savonna. Judi's surviving nephews and nieces are Adam, Mark and Brendon Dupree and their families, Stella, Erica, Jordan, Garrett, Patrick, Kelly and Kendyll. She also has extensive surviving family residing in the Saranac Lake and Lake Placid area and other parts of the country.
Judi wanted all her friends and family to know that she loved and cherished them. Judi was active in the community, serving on various boards, working in the information booths and helping with community events put on by the town. Judi's two legacies are being one of the founding members of the Keuka Lake Players and Hammondsport Junior Lakers Program.
Her greatest pride in the theater was helping to bring the musical "Seaplane" to Hammondsport. "Mamma Techie" was in her glory. She also played the role of town Councilwoman Bess Gluckman in the 1996 movie "Dadatown," a tongue-in-cheek story of life in small-town America. The majority of the film was filmed in Hammondsport. The film won critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival but never achieved wide distribution.
Calling hours and services will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at the Lamarche Funeral Home, 35 Main St., Hammondsport. Interment will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery in Saranac Lake in May.