Brattleboro - Judith Lydiard Kinley, 74, of Brattleboro, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 18, 2018 following an extended illness. She was a resident of Guilford and then Brattleboro since 1976.
Judith was born in Peekskill, New York, on November 30, 1942, the daughter of Captain Charles Williams Lydiard and Marjorie Gonda Lydiard. She was raised in Westfield, MA, where she graduated from Westfield High School in 1960 and then from the School of Nursing at the New England Deaconess Hospital in 1963, as a R.N.
Judith traveled extensively around the country and then to Europe, via hopping a freighter to France. She eventually settled in Aspen, CO, in 1966 where she worked at the Aspen Hospital and rode horses, motorcycles, and skied in her spare time.
After moving to Guilford in 1976, she was employed by the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital as a nurse, and eventually as Director of Nursing. She also helped organize the Ethics Committee at BMH, and served as a consultant in Ethics all over the state. In 1981, she received a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire.
On August 1, 1980, she married Dr. Donald L. Kinley, also of Brattleboro, and they began the first of their many adventures together, the first of which got off to a bad start when a bear ate most of their provision on just the second day of their honeymoon camping trip.
From 1984 to 2004, Judith taught nursing at the Greenfield Community College. Known as a challenging and compassionate teacher, she led three trips with her nursing students to the Navajo Nation in Arizona, where she volunteered her expertise in clinics serving the Navajo population.
During this time, she earned a Master of Science in Nursing Administration at the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University in 1993, and went on to teach Ethics at Harvard, and then earned a Masters of Divinity in 2003. That same year, she was ordained in the United Church of Christ, and became the Pastor of the Greenfield Congregational Church in Massachusetts, where she remained for six years.
In addition to her passion for continued learning, Judith enjoyed hiking, skiing, bicycling, tennis, working in her flower garden, and cheering for the Boston Red Sox. She was also a voracious reader, and enjoyed crossword puzzles. She was an accomplished violinist and enjoyed singing with the River Singers, the Hospice Choir “Eventide” and the Guilford Community Church choir.
She continued to travel, and with her husband, took each of her grandchildren on special vacations to places such as Alaska, Colorado, Costa Rica, and Israel. The times most special to her were annual family trips to Silver Bay YMCA in the Adirondacks, with all of her children and grandchildren.
Besides her faithful and devoted husband of 37 years. She leaves behind five children; Heather (Craig) Sherman of Redding, CA; Bonnie Kinley of Rutland, VT; John (Heidi) Kinley of Guilford, VT; Arthur Luhn of Randolph, MA; and Anne (Kelsey) Kinley, of Westminster, CO.
She is also survived by her brother, William Lydiard, of Norton, VT; nine grandchildren; nine nieces and nephews; and her beloved furry companion, Skye. Her parents and a brother, Paul Lydiard, predeceased her.
A memorial celebration of her life will be conducted at the Guilford Community Church Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 2:30 P.M. with Pastor Lise Sparrow leading the service. A reception will follow at the Guilford Community Church. A private burial will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Drive, Guilford, VT 05301, or to the Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Cornerstone Dr., Suite 130, Williston, VT 05495-4031.