Mrs. Judith E. "Judy" (McAlister) Firth, age 76, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on April 21, 1942, in Switzerland County, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Chester L. and Mavis M. (Reed) McAlister. She was raised in Switzerland and Ohio Counties, Indiana. She was a graduate of Switzerland County High School. Judy was united in marriage on June 27, 1964, at the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay, Indiana, to Charles A. “Charlie” Firth. This happy union was blessed with two daughters, Barbara and Jillanna. Judy and Charlie shared nearly 55 years of marriage together until her death. Together, Judy and Charlie worked on their farm in Center Square raising cattle, pigs, tobacco, hay and large vegetable gardens - much of which Judy preserved. She particularly enjoyed springtime and watching the newborn calves in the pasture.
Judy was the former attendance secretary for the Switzerland County High School for five years. She served as the executive secretary and executive director for The Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation, retiring after 17 years of service. Judy served as a founding board member of the Community Foundation of Switzerland County and was a charter member of the Switzerland County YMCA Board of Directors. She also served on the board of the Lifetime Resources and Switzerland County Economical Development Commission. She was a member of the Vevay Kiwanis Club. As a lifelong resident of Switzerland County, Judy was well-known for her commitment and involvement throughout Switzerland County and was a strong advocate of investing in the community; making positive changes that would benefit all members.
Judy was an amazing cook and baker, sewed countless Easter dresses for her girls and was a worthy opponent in Scrabble, cards and Yahtzee. Judy enjoyed gardening, bird watching, attending Broadway shows, traveling and spending time with her family. She loved walking on the beach in Florida, collecting seashells, watching the sunset and great seafood. Judy passed away with her loving family and faithful dog, Alex, by her side at 1:15 a.m., Friday, March 1, 2019, at her daughter's residence in Indianapolis, Indiana. Judy's family is comforted knowing that after her third battle with cancer, she is now at peace. There are no words to express how much Charlie, Barbara, Jillanna and Alex love and miss her and always will.
Judy is also survived by her sister, Debra Hite of Vevay, IN; her brothers, Larry McAlister and his wife, Sharon of Bloomington, IN, Gary McAlister of Vevay, IN, John McAlister and his wife, Darla of Vevay, IN and Tony McAlister of Vevay, IN and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester L. McAlister, died October 10, 1982 and Mavis M. (Reed) McAlister, died February 7, 2011 and her brother, Paul D. McAlister, died July 28, 2007.
A Memorial Gathering will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Charles and Judy Firth Family Fund to benefit the Switzerland County YMCA % CFSCI, the Switzerland County Animal Shelter, or Charity of the Donor's Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com
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