Judy Herrick Richardson died peacefully on Dec. 3.

She was born on May 29, 1939, the daughter of Kenneth and Jessie Herrick in the village of Owasco on the Finger Lakes in New York. She met her husband James B. Richardson 3rd on a blind date in 1957 when she was a freshman at the New York State University at Potsdam and he was a sophomore at St. Lawrence University. They were married in 1961 and had a loving marriage for 58 years.

Educated as an elementary school teacher, she taught at schools near Syracuse University and University of Illinois, supporting her husband who was finishing his doctoral degree. They moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1967 when her husband accepted a position as a professor in the department of anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. She was an integral part of his duties, which increased when he also became part-time curator for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. They lived in Regent Square and raised their children Heather Mary and James B. 4th in a community of friends whose children became their close friends.

Judy was a nurturing mother who always had a smile and laugh for all occasions. She was a volunteer in the Pittsburgh chapter of the League of Women Voters, the Women’s Committee of Regent Square and was vice president of the Regent Square Civic Association. She was hired as the coordinator for distribution of the Carnegie Treasures Cookbook for Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee.

The loves of her life were her grandchildren Alexander (Alec) and Aidan Charron. In summers she loved to be at the family home in East Chop. She looked forward to the sun, the beach, her flowers and visiting family and friends.

She is survived by husband Jim Richardson of Pittsburgh, daughter Heather Charron of Mt. Lebanon, Pa., son James Richardson of Penn Hills, Pa.; a brother Douglas Herrick of Owasco, N.Y., and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Mount Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., on Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow.

Donations can be made to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum (collections) at 151 Lagoon Pond Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568; or to the Mt. Lebanon EP Church (the Friends of Music Fund) at 255 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216.