Judith Mills Haddad of Cromwell and formerly of Wethersfield and Torrington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 10, 2021, after a brave battle with cancer. She was 85 years old. She was predeceased by her husband Henry in 2018.
Born in Torrington on April 8, 1936, she was the daughter of Irving F. and Wilhelmina S. Mills. Judy was a graduate of Torrington High School, class of 1954. She often shared fond recollections of her time growing up in Torrington as well as summers at West Hill Lake where she was a camp counselor for many years.
Judy received her B.S. degree in education from Eastern Connecticut State University. At Eastern, she not only met Henry, she also forged life-long friendships that remained close right up until her passing.
In 1970, Judy and Henry moved to Wethersfield where they lived and raised their daughters in what was their dream home. Judy was active in politics and also served on the board of the Metropolitan District Commission, having been appointed by Governor Meskill. She was one of only two women to fill this role at the time. She juggled these responsibilities expertly while also staying home for a few years to raise her daughters.
Judy taught elementary school in Wethersfield and later taught kindergarten at Barnard Brown Elementary School in Hartford. She treasured her time there where she touched the lives of many children and their families and met and maintained more close and lasting friendships with her colleagues. She served as the school’s union building representative for many years.
Judy’s interests and talents were many. Throughout her life she enjoyed hiking, birding and painting. She was an active grandma who shared her passions with her family.
When Judy and Henry moved to Covenant Living, Judy continued to participate in her community. She served on the welcoming committee, supported the benevolent care fund, volunteered to teach the sisters at the Holy Apostle Seminary and taught English to new arrivals in Cromwell. She took full advantage of all that the new community offered.
Judy leaves behind her daughter Elizabeth Haddad of Reno Nevada; her daughter Gayle Haddad Hills and husband John of Glastonbury and her two cherished granddaughters Danielle Marie and Melanie Elizabeth Hills. She also leaves her brothers William Mills of Paonia, Colorado and Robert Mills of Charleston, South Carolina. She also leaves her sister-in-law Florence Modi and a number of much loved nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at the Pilgrim Manor at Covenant Living of Cromwell for their kindness and dedication to keeping Judy safe and comfortable during her final days.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 4 at 11:00 am at the First Congregational Church, 250 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109.
Mom/Grandma – We will miss your wisdom, good counsel, sense of style for clothes and the perfect haircut, fierce love for family and friends. “Say hi to dad for me”…
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Benevolent Care Fund of Covenant Living of Cromwell, 52 Missionary Road, Cromwell, CT 06416. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.
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