SKOWHEGAN - Judith Y. Gamage, 64, passed gently and peacefully into heaven on April 11, 2014. She was born Dec. 24, 1949, in Skowhegan, the daughter of Dean and Elvena (Dudley) Yeaton.
She graduated from Madison High School in 1968, then continued her education and graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1972. She had a long and satisfying career in the field of education as a teacher at the Margaret Chase Smith School from 1972 until her retirement in 2002. She also taught high school French at Corbin Academy for two years after retirement and had been a substitute teacher in School Administrative District 54 since 2010.
Over the years, Judy participated in many civic and community activities. She enjoyed working in the theater and was an active participant in the Cornville Players in the productions of "The Boyfriend" 1975, "Once upon a Mattress" 1976, "L'il Abner" 1977, "Of Thee I Sing" Vaudeville Show, "Lovers and Other Strangers" 1980, and "The Carpenter's Son" (Skowhegan Community Chorus). She was a part of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 1999 and served as a member of the renovation committee at the Skowhegan Free Public Library, fundraising for new renovations. Judy also planned and produced (with much help) the very popular "Evening with the Stars" dance show held at the Skowhegan Opera House for two years, 2008 and 2009, raising thousands of dollars for the library renovation project.
She is survived by her true sisters of the heart who loved and valued the extraordinary spirit that she was, including Robin Yeaton, Darla Pickett, MJ Benner, Melissa Gaspar and Pam Christensen.
She is also survived by her brother, Thomas D. Yeaton, and wife Robin, of Newport; nieces Kristy Jo Yeaton, of Portland, Shelly Spear Joyce and husband Kevin, all of Farmington, Katie Blodgett Smith and husband Brent, of New Portland, Sheryl Spear, of Farmington, and Kristen Wallace Therriault and husband Kevin, of St. Albans. Judy cherished the many special visits with nieces Kristy Jo, Shelly and Katie, along with grand-nephew Jackson Patrick Joyce and grand-nieces Cassidy Ann Smith and Kamryn Patricia Joyce. She was predeceased by brother, Benedict Joseph Yeaton, and mother Elvena D. Yeaton.
Judy will remain close in the hearts and memories of her many very thoughtful, loving and trusted friends Mary, Anna, Nancy, Sheila, Vera, Joan, Pat, Betty, Becky, Carol, Sue, Bobbi, Alice, Robin, Diane, Kate, Beverly, Margaret, Sue, Patti, Aunt Evie and Aunt Lucile. She will especially be missed by a very devoted and very special friend, Bob Thing. Those of us who knew and loved Judy will lovingly think of her experiencing new adventures of spirit over Italy, France and England.
At Judy's request, there will be no visitation hours or funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Judy's memory to the Skowhegan Public Library (Renovation Fund), 9 Elm St., Skowhegan, ME 04976.
Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan.