OBITUARY

Judith Blainey Llewellyn

December 8, 1945September 1, 2021

Judith Blainey Llewellyn, 75, passed away at her home on September 1, 2021.

She was born to the late Emma “Kay” and James Blainey, December 8, 1945, in New York City. She attended Hathaway Brown School in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Chatham High School. She received a BA in English from Wellesley College.

Upon graduating from Wellesley, she worked at Fidelity Investments where she gained experience in the area of market research and financial trends, inspiring a lifelong interest in the stock market. She married Parker Llewellyn in 1969. They moved to Chicago where she spent happy years raising their daughter, making life long friends, volunteering on the Women’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, acting as president of the Needlework and Textile Guild, and being an active member at the Women’s Athletic Club. Moving back to the East Coast in 1981, they spent time in Dover, Boston, and at their summer home in Chatham, with Judy creating warm, welcoming homes with each move. When they divorced she moved to Chatham full time. She spent a number of years working in the hospitality industry, and when she retired, she moved from Chatham to Brewster, where she remained an active member of her community. On a local, national, and global level, she worked to understand and improve the world she lived in. She made the most of her retirement spending time with friends and family.

Judy is survived by her daughter, Courtney Blankenship, Courtney’s husband, Jeff, their daughter, Emma, and her beloved grand-dog, Tessie. She is also survived by her half sister, Luce Groening.

Donations may be made to Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

There will be a celebration of her life at Nickerson Funeral Home in Orleans on September 19 at 11am.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, September 19, 2021

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Sharon Gould

September 21, 2021

Dear Courtney, How much we Goulds cherish the memories of our time together with you and your Mom on Linnell Lane. Your mom was special and made us feel part of the neighborhood from the beginning. She was the neighborhood right down to the day lilies behind our garage which she saved from the back hoe when we rebuilt it. Blessings to you and your family, Sharon

John Sweeney

September 20, 2021

Dear Courtney and family,
I am saddened by your loss. Judy had such a joyous spirit. Her smile was infectious each time I saw her even though we had not done so often after she moved from Chatham to Brewster. I hope you can take comfort in the pleasant memories so many who knew her share.
John Sweeney

Carole Maloof

September 20, 2021

Dear Courtney,
I am so sorry about your mother’s death. You know we loved her very much. One thing I am sure of. When she passed over the rainbow bridge Billy and Martha ran to greet her and lead her into heaven. They too loved her.
Carole have

Julia Casady

September 19, 2021

Such a lovely woman, I am glad I got to know her. She had such a happy soul. Your family will be in our thoughts.

Wendy Foley

September 18, 2021

Courtney and Family: I'm so sorry to learn of the passing of your mom. She was the light in the room, her smile was contagious. May you all find comfort in all the wonderful memories. I recall her love for Chatham and the beach. Thinking of you, Deepest Sympaties
Wendy and Luke Foley

Julia Verderosa

September 18, 2021

"A Sunbeam", is what my mother would call Judy, a perfect description for a beautiful woman whose joy of life shone from her gorgeous smiling face.

There are no words to describe how sorry I am for your loss.

Sending love and deepest sympathy,

Julia, Frank & Maya

Heather McGrath

September 18, 2021

Looking back more than two decades, Judy has touched our lives in multiple layers that carry her with us forever.
Her thoughtful nature, kindness, and sense of humor remain alive in our hearts.

Bruce Groening

September 18, 2021

I am deeply saddened by the passing of my favorite aunt. My heart, broken as it is, goes out to our family: to Courtney, Jeff and Emma and to my mom. I was the luckiest nephew in the world because I had the coolest aunt.

I remember visiting the Cape as a child and the fun times we had in the home in Chatham. I'm amazed that I can recall playing childhood games in that yard with Courtney, such as kick the can, hide-and-seek, etc. These memories are only filled with warm, good feelings, of being in a home of love. Aunt Judy made that; she built the foundations of a happy and safe life for all who came to be with her. How much I will miss that vibrancy and light, those just plain good times, is beyond my describing. I will always carry her with me, a ray of sunshine and kindness that will bring a smile.

I was lucky enough to be able to visit with my Aunt Judy a few times over the last years. There were a Thanksgiving visit, a Christmas visit - all of the things a family does together. And I can say that every one of those visits were, quite simply, fun. I will miss that the most: sitting in the morning in our bathrobes, having a morning cup of tea. We would talk about books or current events, always with care and insight, always with open minds and hearts. The sunshine of another beautiful day on the Cape would be pouring through the windows, complementing Aunt Judy's light. Warm and happy, that's how I remember Aunt Judy. Such a wonderful energy to be around, and of such genuine and deep power, that it will forever remain reverberating within my own being.

I'm sorry I cannot be there to share with everyone who has been touched by her life and saddened by her passing. I embrace my cousin and mother and know that we will again be together and enjoy our love for Aunt Judy. I am there with you all now in spirit. May we all celebrate as she would have wanted, with joy and kindness, for one another and all people.

Sims McGrath

September 18, 2021

Like so many really brilliant people, Judy had a very quick wit, but was always kind, charming, and gracious. For many years I knew her as the brightest light in the room at family and holiday gatherings, but in the last year and a half I came to know her so much better. Her questions were well-informed and thought-out, her grasp of complex issues came quickly and she had a constant desire to keep moving forward.

Judy was fiercely devoted to Courtney, Jeff, Emma and Tess and was so excited to be moving in near them. She was one of one, and I am honored to have known her.

Anne Speyer

September 16, 2021

Judy was in the first and all the rest of the community ed literature courses I taught from 2002 until the pandemic derailed us. Her insights were always key to our discussions, and her unfailing humanity drew me to her from our first encounter. I loved how hard she thought about everything and how much she was interested in. I also loved her hunger to grow, intellectually and personally. It was a running joke with us that she didn’t like poetry, until she did. My husband’s aging has kept me close to home for many years, but I always pictured Judy and me in a future long lunch- in the last e-mail I got from her in May, she said there was so much she wanted to talk about together. The world is much diminished without her. Courtney and Emma, please know with what sparkle and love she spoke of both of you every time the group met. I know of no other answer to death than to live more fiercely, in her honor.