Judith Flynn Palmer of Edgartown and Vero Beach, Fla., died on April 9 in Vero Beach. She was 82.

Judy was born in Fall River on May 6, 1935, the daughter of George D. and Dorothy J. Flynn. She grew up in Providence, R.I., and attended Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. During the course of her life, she lived in Weston and in the White Mountains in Jackson, N.H. Later in life, she split her time between Edgartown and Vero Beach. 

She was passionate about politics and managed state congressional and senatorial campaigns in New Hampshire, where she served on the committee that helped select students for military academies.

She was extremely close to her sister Doro Chaffee and the rest of their extensive family. She loved The Farm — Pohogonot Farm — in Edgartown, where she and numerous cousins and their children spent their summers together. The many generations of Flynns who shared the land inspired her to collect and preserve their recollections in her book Pohogonot: A Collection of Stories.

Loved by all who knew her, her warm and generous spirit enfolded her extensive brood, her daughter Edie said.

“Everyone, including friends of friends, called my mother Grammy,” Edie said. “Intellectually passionate, she loved exchanging ideas and was always suggesting books she found interesting. She also loved music of all kinds. My mother had friends of every age who she kept in contact with throughout her life and invited to stay with her. People received birthday presents from her year after year.”

Judy is survived by partner and lifelong friend Michael Erdman, who came back into her life in her later years, adding a twinkle to her eye and a lightness to her step. His love and care brought joy and laughter to the end of Judy’s life, her family said. 

Judy is survived by daughter Edith Kilchenstein of Park City, Utah; grandchildren Charles Lodi, Peter Lodi, Louisa Simonds and Juliet Bentley; and great-grandchildren Connor and Lila O’Brien, Penelope and Ben Simonds, and Liam Bentley. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Bradbury K. Thurlow, and two husbands, Alfred (Greek) Fuller and Reuben Palmer. She was stepmother to Annie Ahern and A.D., John and Whitney Fuller, Tyler and Terry Palmer, and Patty McQuade; and step-grandmother to Kristen, Peter and John Kilchenstein, Lindsay Ahern, Whitney and Nicholas Fuller, Katherine Newton, Laura Fuller Forte and Abby Fuller, Curtis and Madeline Fuller; Taryn Palmer; Grayson Crowley, Bergan and Teagan Palmer, and Sally Ann McQuade; and step-great-grandmother to Eloise Levin, Jack and Henry Newton, Wren Zazie Forte, and Trent Roden.   

A memorial service is planned for Friday, August 3 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown.

Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10001, or alzfdn.org.