Judith Evans Ferris
Rockport — Judith Evans Ferris died peacefully Dec. 27, 2013, after a brief illness.
She was born in San Francisco, May 20, 1944. Her father, Wilson Dafydd Evans, was stationed there in the Army having returned from Japan and the Pacific during World War II. His wife, Kay Wright Evans joined him in California. Their first child, Judy, was born there and the family soon returned to their native Denver, Colo.
Judy was very proud to be a fourth generation Coloradan. She grew up in Central Denver near Cheesman Park and attended East High School, graduating in 1962. She then moved to Boulder to attend the University of Colorado. During this time period, she also worked at the now famous Denver Folklore Center, filling many tasks and teaching 5 string bluegrass banjo. She was a fantastic banjo player and dazzled crowds with her playing, including double banjo numbers with the Statesville Junction Ramblers, an early Denver bluegrass band. Sadly, in her early 20s, an injury to her right hand curtailed her ability to play and she stopped playing. Still, her vast knowledge of traditional American music, old time, bluegrass and folk music, carried on through her life and her beautiful singing carried on as well. She later sang and played electric mandolin with the now infamous Leo Fuchs Ranch band, in a number of Boulder performances over the years.
Judy loved cars too. At age 21, she was the only woman in the SCCA Midwest division to hold a valid competition license. Before they were married, she and her future husband, bought and built into a very competitive car, an Austin Healey H production SCCA car which they campaigned for several seasons.
She and her husband of 47 years, Stuart “Mac” Ferris, were married in 1967. In 1972, their first and only child, Holly was born in Boulder.
Judy designed and with her husband, built a tiny house 12 miles above Boulder in the mountains. They moved to a new house which she again designed and they built, just north of Boulder in the mid-70s and shortly thereafter, started a finish carpentry business.
Over the years, the company grew in size and status and Judy continued to work in the field as a carpenter/cabinetmaker. Sundays were often filled with estimating projects, both residential and commercial with her husband. Judy continued to work with the company until the family moved from Boulder to Rockport in the mid-1990s into a home and barn which she designed and her husband built. She loved her new home so much with thousands of trees and room for her animals to roam.
She loved animals and her homes were always filled with cats and dogs, often rescued, always loved and well fed. Her feeders were always visited by birds, chipmunks and squirrels.
She loved astronomy too and was fascinated by weather. She always said, if she could do it over again, she would have studied to be a meteorologist. She loved plants as well and worked for Nancy Jackson’s Gardening Company for several years, before back issues forced her to retire, but she continued with her home gardening efforts each year.
Judy was a huge pro football fan and growing up in Denver, she was of course a rabid Broncos fan. She followed the Broncos through the lean and glory years and was excited about Peyton this year and the Broncos success. She always conceded that the Patriots were her second favorite team!
She leaves behind a legacy of great beauty, grace and kindness. It has been said that she lit up any room with her smile, charm and wit.
Judy is survived by her husband, Stuart “Mac” Ferris of Rockport, her daughter, Holly Ferris Merriam and her husband Daniel Merriam and her two grandchildren, (of whom she was immensely proud of,) Marshall Ferris Merriam and Ivy Angeline Merriam, also of Rockport, her brother, David Evans and his wife, Eileen Scholl of Fort Collins, Colo. and her sister in law, Angie Ferris, of Camden. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all her family and many friends both here in Maine and in Colorado.
The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses, doctors and CNAs, both at Pen Bay Medical Center and Kno-Wal-Lin, all of whom helped comfort Judy on her final days of life.
Memorial Donations may be made to PAWS, P.O. Box 707, Rockport, ME 04856. A memorial service was held Jan. 4 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Camden.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the Ferris family at longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Camden.