Judith Mixter Ament died peacefully in Tarrytown, N.Y. on Thursday, August 18. She was 78.

She was born on Jan. 7, 1938 in White Plains, N.Y. to the late William Earl Isaacs and Harriet Mixter Isaacs of Edgartown. She graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School in Elmsford, N.Y. in 1956 and went to beautician school in New York city in 1957 to become a licensed hairdresser. She worked as a hairdresser in White Plains for a short period.

In 1959 she married Harry W. Stotz of Valhalla, N.Y. They had two children and lived there for many years. In Valhalla, Judith worked as an assistant bookkeeper in the Stotz family business. After the marriage ended in divorce, she later married Chuck Ament in 1983 and lived in Rye, N.Y. There she and Chuck enjoyed countless hours at the American Yacht Club with friends, sailing in Long Island Sound, and managing the Frostbiting Race Committee boat during the off season. In 1992, her second marriage ended in divorce.

In 1990, Judith worked for the U.S. Census and later moved to North White Plains, N.Y. and became a professional proofreader. During the next 20 years, she worked full-time in Manhattan at various advertising agencies, including Dentsu Corporation of America, and later as a freelance proofreader for Starwood Hotels and other companies, editing and proofreading marketing and advertising materials.

Judith’s passion for the sea was developed as a young girl while visiting her grandparents in Edgartown. She was a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Martha’s Vineyard Sea Coast Defence Chapter, and was a descendent of John Howland of the Mayflower. A ninth-generation Vineyarder, Judith traced her ancestry back to Thomas West, a Revolutionary War soldier who died in Chilmark in 1822.

For more than 75 years, Judith returned to the Vineyard to see family and friends, including summering there with her own children and grandchildren. Through the years, she developed a love of craftsmanship —she had a gift for producing beautiful pieces of work with her hands including antique furniture restoration, chair caning and silversmithing.

Over the course of her life, Judith had a love of taking long walks. Whether at the Bend in the Road Beach looking for sea glass, during Hurricane Belle in August 1976 watching waves crash on South Beach, or near her home in North White Plains watching the trains pass, she never stopped searching for something new. This sense of adventure will be missed by all.

Judith is survived by her daughters, Lauren Stotz DePalma of Danbury, Conn. and Beverly Suzanne Stotz and her husband Richard Allen Levy of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., and her two grandchildren, Carrie Elizabeth DePalma and Maxwell Alexander Levy. Judith was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Barbara Isaacs Strozza, and her son in law Gregory DePalma.

She will be interred at the New Westside Cemetery in Edgartown; services will be private.

A celebration of Judith’s life will be held on Sept. 18 in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. Please contact the family for details.