Judith Slocum VanDerburgh

May 19, 1930August 5, 2018
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PORTLAND -- Judith Slocum VanDerburgh passed away surrounded by loved ones in her home in Portland on August 5, 2018 at the age of 88. She was born in Middlebury, VT, May 19,1930, the daughter of Julia Weiters Slocum and Howard Irving Slocum. Howard was the town’s osteopathic doctor through the depression and WWII. Judy attended Middlebury schools, graduating from MHS in 1948. Following high school, she attended Saint Lawrence University and Columbia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Nursing, in 1953. She met her husband Arthur James VanDerburgh as teenagers over seventy years ago; they started a conversation at a toboggan party that hasn’t yet finished. After courting five years through deployment to Korea and multiple schoolings, they were married on June 20, 1954 at the Middlebury Congregationalist Church. A skilled nurse, Judy aided Art in his family practice and put her training to use both in hospital work and in raising six children across seven homes as Art went through his career in osteopathy and pathology. She was an active member in many churches and their choirs, most recently at State Street United Church of Christ, caring especially for the elders in her community. Judy volunteered for meals on wheels for over thirty years and was the first female lay leader at Clark Memorial United Methodist Church. In her younger years, she was also very active with her husband at Mechuwana United Methodist Church Camp as a member of the camp committee, a counselor and even a dean of a week-long camp program for the seniors. Judy sincerely believed in the dignity and worth of all people. She will be remembered for her ceaseless service to her family, for her open and active mind, and for her intellectual curiosity. She enjoyed cooking, baking, her word-search puzzles, being outdoors watching the birds and keeping up with the lives of every child, grandchild, great-grandchild, niece, nephew and friend in her orbit, loving each as a unique individual. She is predeceased by her twin brothers, William and Warren. She is survived by her husband Arthur of Portland; sister Joanne Slocum Elder of Fremont, OH; children Julia VanDerburgh Bell of Allen, TX; Charles Arthur VanDerburgh of Portland; Kristen Joanne VanDerburgh of Pittsburgh, PA; Michael Stewart VanDerburgh of Leominster, MA; Thomas Fredrick VanDerburgh of Buxton, Jane Elizabeth VanDerburgh of Biddeford and their partners and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and their partners as well as 10 great grandchildren, with the 11th due in October. Family and friends are invited to a time of visitation on Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 4-7 P.M. at Jones, Rich and Barnes Funeral Home 199 Woodford St. Portland, ME. A celebration of Judith’s life will be conducted September 8, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at State Street United Church of Christ 159 State St. Portland, ME. I lieu of flowers, donations in Judith’s name can be made to Camp Mechuwana PO Box 277 Winthrop, ME 04364 Please visit to sign Judith's guestbook and offer your condolences.


  • Julia Slocum, Mother
  • Howard Irving Slocum, Father
  • Arthur James VanDerburgh, Husband
  • Julia VanDerburgh Bell, Daughter
  • Charles Arthur VanDerburgh, Son
  • Kristen Joanne VanDerburgh, Daughter
  • Michael Stewart VanDerburgh, Son
  • Thomas Frederick VanDerburgh, Son
  • Jane Elizabeth VanDerburgh, Daughter
  • William Slocum, Brother
  • Warren Slocum, Brother
  • She is survived by all of her children's spouses as well as many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and their partners as well as 10 great grandchildren, with the 11th due in October.


  • Calling Hours Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 8, 2018

Judith Slocum VanDerburgh

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Brian Smith

August 8, 2018

Chuck, I feel that your Mother gave you the open heart and positive spirit that you offer to every one . I hope you and you Mom stay close in your heart forever.

Dean Roush

August 7, 2018

Barbara and I have fond memories of Judy from our days in North Canton. Her family is one of those that remain in our memory for a lifetime. We wish for all of you the comfort and strength that separation requires of us. We pray that God's presence will be very real and near to you during this time of adjustment. Love and care. Dean and Barbara Roush

Phyl Bloxham

August 7, 2018

Dear Kris, Mike, Julia and family. It was with sadness that I learned from Shelley that Judy had died. I have many memories of the time Peter and I spent staying with Judy and Art when we visited Maine many years ago. Mothers are very special people and leave a gaping hole in our lives when no longer physically present with us. One thing I know for sure is that the legacy of love they leave behind is immense. Judy is only a breath away and her spirit lives on in each of the family. All that she embodied remains as a beacon of light when your souls are sad and full of anguish. The memories she leaves will never fade and we can delve into them at any time in the future. I send my sympathy and love and rejoice in resurrection glory. Phyl xxx

Scott Maitland

August 7, 2018

Sincere condolences to the entire VanDerbugh family.

As as shipmate of Michael's on the USS Nimitz, I met the family on subsequent visits to Portland. I'm not sure if I called her Judy during my visits as I mostly thought of her as Mom...I was quickly adopted by both Judy and Art. I was always made to feel at home during visits and can still recall some of the interesting conversations whether at the house or busily running errands around town.

I'm sure you will spend many hours sharing your favorite stories and memories...accompanied by laughter and tears.

Best wishes to are in my thoughts.

Shelley Garnett

August 7, 2018

Remembering with fondest love the woman who called me her “English daughter” from the time we met in 1978 when I was lucky enough to stay with the VanDerburghs as part of a Mechuwana and Methodist Youth Club exchange. She made an impression on me then that has stayed with me all the years since and I will cherish the memory of seeing her again when I came back to Maine in 2010 and shared time in her home once again.
Sending much love to all her family and friends. Xxx

Conal Crawley

August 7, 2018

Praying for you all in this time of separation.

Conal & Jane Crawley

John 5:24

24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

Robin Capone

August 7, 2018

My thoughts are with you during this time. I am so sorry for your loss.

A mother is with us always, first in her lifetime, then forever in our memory

Cheryl Barter

August 6, 2018

To the family of Judith Vanderburgh,

I am very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Cheryl Barter

Bonnie Shibles

August 6, 2018

“Remember the times we had there...”. Mechuwana