Judith Nichols McIntosh died Thursday, March 3 after a short illness. She was 84.

Judy loved life. Never known to be at home, she was often out enjoying lunch and spending time with her friends. She loved dancing and traveling. Many Islanders might remember her sitting with her friends and her young children, back in the day, by the ticket office on the beach at Vineyard Haven harbor.

Judy worked at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital as a lab technician until her retirement. She was also an X-ray technician and doctor’s assistant during her career. After her retirement she volunteered at the hospital, and during the winters and vacations before her full retirement she worked in Hollywood, Fla. More recently she vacationed in Key West.

She was a well-known figure in Vineyard Haven and Key West, riding her bicycle and wearing her ever-present straw hats adorned with flowers.

Judy loved to travel and after retirement she visited England, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Greek islands, Peru, and Mexico, to name a few. She always said the most beautiful place that she had ever seen, anywhere in the world, was Vineyard Haven harbor.

She was predeceased by her husband, Bruce McIntosh Sr. She is survived by her children, Gwen Nichols, Candace A. (Candy) Nichols, John B. Nichols Jr., and Wayne E. Nichols, her son in law James P. Cisek and daughter in law Kathy O’Brien, her beloved grandchildren Edward M. Cisek, Kaitlin Nichols, Elizabeth (Lizzy) E. Nichols, Jason Nichols, Rebecca (Becca) Nichols, and the youngest, John B. (Johnny) Nichols 3rd, and her brother Harry Sawyer and his wife Jane.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society on Upper Main street in Vineyard Haven.