Judith Ann (Secrist) Hildreth died on April 2, 2022 in Lady Lake, Florida after a courageous four-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born on May 7, 1939 and lived to the full for eighty-two wonderful years. Judy spent her childhood in Silver Creek, New York, where she was raised by her loving parents, Francis Grace (Schultz) Secrist and Wesley Edward Secrist. In her youth, she enjoyed singing, dancing and spending time with her sister Bonnie and many cousins. One of their favorite retreats was a family vacation cabin at Olcott Beach on Lake Ontario. Judy graduated from Silver Creek High School and attended cosmetology school in Buffalo, New York.
She enjoyed working as a hairdresser and serving her clients. Judy has spent much of her adult life in Cazenovia and Fayetteville, New York, loving and caring for her four children. She was an active member of the community, serving and participating in several organizations including: Burton Street and Middle School PTAs, Cazenovia Youth Soccer Association, Boy Scouts of America, Cazenovia Ski Club, Cazenovia Watercolor Society and St. James Church. Judy was a lifelong lover of the arts.
She spent many years studying and teaching dance (ballet, jazz and tap), playing the piano, singing with her mother and sister, drawing and painting. Many of her works, mostly watercolors, focused on natural scenes from wherever she went and were featured in local galleries and businesses. Judy’s interests also included birdwatching, tending her flower gardens, and a love of cats, all of which she captured on film and used as subjects for her artwork. Judy was married for fifty years to her best friend and partner in life Truman W. “Bill” Hildreth. The couple have lived in Central Florida since 2001, retiring and spending time with their children, grandchildren, family and friends.
Judy is survived by her husband, Bill; his sister, Bonnie (Dennis) Secrist Hergert of Lady Lake, FL; his children, Jennifer (Les) Buth Marquart of Waterloo, NY, Kevin (Jenny) Buth of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Eric (Danyelle) Hildreth of Pittsford, NY, and Brian (Jayne) Hildreth of Alfred, NY; stepson James (Tracey) Hildreth of Fayetteville, NY; thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A private family ceremony will be held in the summer of 2022 to celebrate Judy’s life.
The family suggests that those wishing to express their sympathy make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or a local arts organization of the donor’s choice.