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Judith A. Gillespie

June 4, 1937 — March 27, 2023

Judith A. Gillespie

Augusta, GA – Mrs. Judith A. Gillespie, of Augusta, wife of Mr. Edward Gillespie, died on Monday, March 27, 2023 at her home.
Additional survivors include two sons: James L. O’Quinn and his wife Jennifer, Bart C. O’Quinn and his wife, Toni; one daughter: Dr. Kelly O’Quinn McSweeney and her husband David. She leaves two stepsons: Timothy Gillespie and his wife Debra, and Kenneth Gillespie and his wife Susan; one stepdaughter: Karin Gillespie and her husband David Neches; her grandchildren include: Will O’Quinn and wife Lish, Collin O’Quinn, James O’Quinn III and wife Patricia, Morton O’Quinn, Thomas O’Quinn, Forest O’Quinn, Sage O’Quinn, Dez O’Quinn, Sarah O’Quinn, Lawton McSweeney, William McSweeney and Jude O’Quinn. She leaves two step-grandsons: Brandon Skelton and Matthew Gillespie and wife Kelsea; great grandchildren include: Chloe O’Quinn, Robby O’Quinn (and their mother Emily O’Quinn), Lish O’Quinn, William O’Quinn, James O’Quinn IV, Adeline Gillespie and Ezra Gillespie.
Judith Ayers Gillespie was born in Hodges, Ala., but moved to the Augusta area at the age of three. She grew up in a large family in Martinez, Georgia: three sisters: Betty June Henderson, Luna Jo Thompson, and Donna Kay Yaun and one brother: Nick Ayers. She attended the Junior College of Augusta and Mercer University where she was a member of the Phi Mu Sorority. Judy later received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Augusta College. She was a charter member and past president of the Bulbs and Borders Garden Club. She served for six years on the board of the Georgia Women’s Golf Association and was a member of the Gertrude Herbert Art Institute. Judy was a very successful golfer, having won the ACC Ladies Golf Tournament thirteen times. She was also very active with her art. Many of her paintings hang in homes throughout the Augusta area.
An avid bridge player, for years she enjoyed her “Monday Bridge” with close friends and routine play at the Augusta Bridge Center. Judy attained a Life Gold Master status.
Judy enjoyed travel and often combined golf with her vacation plans. She and Ed visited all the continents except Antarctica, but her favorite vacations were at Edisto Beach and Sky Valley where she could be with family and friends.
Judy was a skilled chef, and as the matriarch of the family enjoyed having her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren around her dining room table.
She will be remembered for her warm and happy disposition. A woman of many talents, Judy was a magnificent wife, a great friend, a terrific mother and loving grandmother and great grandmother. She treasured having her family around her, and her door was always open to all. She was thoughtful, caring and loving of all she met, always striving to pass on her knowledge to assist anyone she could. Her passing leaves a huge void in our lives. Everyone who knew Judy loved her. Her bubbly spirit will be sorely missed.
The family will receive friends Thursday, March 30, 2023 from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at www.thomaspoteet.com
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