Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
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Judy Cummings
A celebration of life is planned for a later date. A young artist scholarship fund is being established in her name and administered by the gallery she loved – Sawmill River Arts. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to: Sawmill River Arts, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague, MA 01351
Deerfield, MA — Judy Cummings, 77, died peacefully at home on Friday, January 14, 2022, beside her husband Bill, after battling cancer for over two years. Born in Winchester, MA, to Laton and Vivian Armington, Judy spent her early years in Kingston, NY before growing up in Wilmington, DE. Judy met Bill in Boston in 1970, and they married in July 1971. Shortly after, they scraped together enough savings to purchase an old farmhouse in West Deerfield, moved "to the country," and made their home at Mistover Farm for the next 49 years.

Other important names Judy answered to were Mom, and later, Grammy. She was a constant loving and supportive mother to her daughter, Meghan. She treasured her time with her two grandsons, Grayson and Jacob, and received the deepest joy from the laughter, wonder, and occasional shenanigan-driven bewilderment they gave to her.

Judy devoted her career to teaching high school students in Franklin County, working for over 30 years as a special education teacher at Franklin County Technical School. She was a beloved teacher and mentor to countless students. She earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Highpoint University and a master's in special education from Boston University. She was a consummate educator who continually worked to improve her teaching skills and toolset. She used her skills to help students overcome learning challenges and expand their potential, offering guidance and mentorship along the way. Upon retirement from teaching in the public school system, she worked as a private tutor for nearly 10 more years.

Judy developed a love of horses at an early age, striving to learn all she could about riding and caring for horses through her teenage and college years, until she and Bill made a place of their own where horses could be a part of their life. Mistover Farm was a happy home to many horses over the years as Judy and Bill developed it into a working farm where they boarded horses, Judy taught riding lessons, and kept one or two of her own horses to train for competitive trail riding. She served for several years as an energetic 4H and Pony Club leader for horse-loving youngsters. Under Judy's leadership, the barn, riding ring, and trails near the farm were the setting of friendships and happy memories for countless children and adults over more than four decades.

Judy exemplified the pursuit of lifelong learning. After retiring from teaching, she once again became a student herself while she explored new skills to develop artistic interests. She soon settled on photography as a new passion. She built a network of other photographers to learn from and through persistent work and openness to learning, developed her craft to become an accomplished nature photographer. Her photos have appeared in exhibits around the Pioneer Valley, Outdoor Photography magazine, and the Greenfield Recorder, among many other places. Judy became a member of the Sawmill River Arts gallery in Montague where she displayed and sold her photographs. She also curated rotating exhibits at the oncology ward at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and was an active member in other photography groups.

Judy is survived by her husband, Bill; daughter and son-in-law, Meghan and Wes Cornelison; grandsons, Grayson (16) and Jacob (13); sister, Christine Krem and brother, Lee Armington. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, teacher, horseman, artist – Judy touched so many people with her caring and open spirit. If the measure of a person's life is the amount of love she shared, Judy's impact on those who knew her will loom large for years. She will be dearly missed.

A celebration of life is planned for a later date. A young artist scholarship fund is being established in her name and administered by the gallery she loved – Sawmill River Arts. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to: Sawmill River Arts, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague, MA 01351. Arrangements are under the direction of Wrisley Funeral Home of South Deerfield.