BANGOR, and DRYDEN, N.Y. - Judith Banton Crispell, of Dryden, N.Y., for more than 50 years, passed Feb. 5, 2013, at the home of Gregory and Barbara Crispell of Garland, where she was lovingly cared for in the last several years of her life. Judith Banton Crispell was born Feb. 5, 1924, in Bangor, where she was raised by her beloved mother, Nellie Banton.
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She graduated from the University of Maine in 1946 and Cornell University in 1948 with a master's degree in nutrition. Judith assisted her husband's veterinary practice while she raised her family. Later, she worked for Tompkins County Department of Social Services, Ithaca, N.Y., for 22 years as a trainer for caseworkers. In retirement she volunteered as a professional mediator. She was a lifelong theater-goer, bridge player and gracious host. She became a world traveler, going as far as Antarctica, but the coast of Maine remained a favorite. Judith Banton Crispell was a woman ahead of her time. She was a model of resiliency and lived each chapter of her life fully. Recently a family member described her as "a lovely lady and a true class act." Above all, she was the embodiment of love.
Judith was the beloved wife of deceased Dr. Donald H. Crispell of Dryden, N.Y. She was the beloved mother of Bradford Crispell of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Gregory Crispell of Garland and Linda Crispell Aronson of Amherst, Mass.; sister of John Banton of Weld; and beloved grandmother to five grandchildren.
Please send condolences care of Gregory Crispell, 125 Foss Hill Road, Garland, ME 04939.
Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 16, 2013