Judith Erickson

Judith M. Erickson passed peacefully on Sunday February 5th, 2023 at Wingate Residences of Haverhill.  She was 85 years old.  

Judy loved life and was strong to the very end.  Her somewhat cantankerous and sparky attitude kept her going through many challenges that others would have not been able to endure.  This allowed her to enjoy the last several years of her life with new vigor.  

She adored spending time with her Grand Dogs and often came along to watch them in their scent training classes.  Another favorite was a lobster roll and the “hot dog lady” as options for lunch.  Even sitting at the beach in the car made life fun.

She will always be remembered for the love of the outdoors, nature, animals, music and dance.  Judy was very style and fashion conscious.  She spent her last day in her favorite, classy pink sweater.  

Judy also loved design and architecture.  She lived in her home turn of the century English Tudor home located in Downers Grove Illinois until moving to Massachusetts to be supported by her daughter.  She had the property declared an historic landmark to preserve its beauty.  This was by far her true passion.

She is survived by her daughter, Ginger MacFarlane of Groveland, MA, her son Eric MacFarlane and Daughter in Law Sharon MacFarlane of Santa Fe, NM as well as her two beloved Grand Dogs, Carmen and Glenn her three Grand Turtles.

The family would like to send special thanks and recognition to her amazing care givers and supporters from Wingate Residences of Haverhill, Care Dimensions, Ellen Dana and Senior Living Advocates.  With a special thanks to the Music Therapy Team from Care Dimensions.  Judy would not have flourished without the support of you.

The family is planning a private remembrance service in the summer.  

In honor of Judy memorial donations can be made to:

Care Dimensions – please note music therapy

75 Sylvan Street, Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923

Or caredimensions.org/donate


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3 Condolences

  1. Sally Dow on February 9, 2023 at 6:43 pm

    Dear Ginger,

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I always enjoyed her company so much – we had lots of fun over the many years
    I have known her. We had such a great time visiting Joe and Bonnie at “The Garlands” for drinks and dinner many times. I was
    sorry to see her move to MA but we all knew it was time for her to be near you. And, she was so happy.

    You are your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Ellen Dana on February 10, 2023 at 11:01 am

    Dear Ginger,
    Your Mom Judy was a force to reckon with! She had a great sense of humor and was always fun to visit. I enjoyed spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with her a few times. She loved opening gifts and how she loved her chocolate! You did everything you could to make her life special. She was blessed to have you as her daughter.
    RIP Judy.
    With love and light, Ellen

  3. Faith Fromme on February 11, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    Dear Ginger,
    I’m so very saddened to hear of Judy’s death. And ever so regretful that I failed to keep in touch after her move to Massachusetts! I know that my earliest family memories include Judy, Punch, Margot and Tom. Sadly they have all left us but definitely are not forgotten. The many summers spent in Clarendon Hills were definitely the best part of my youth. Judy’s love for music was always there. When ever we were together she wanted to sing or play our recorders or play duets on the piano! And, as a Mom, she was so very proud to send me a recording of a choral concert in which you performed! Probably one of the most exciting memories I have is from the late 1950’s when she and I paddled a kayak out into Lake Michigan to watch a solar eclipse. I know we were both in college but were as excited as 10 year olds! And I’m actually surprised we didn’t capsize!! Bless you for being there for her during these last years. Great Aunt Faith

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