Theresa M. Judkins

March 26, 1928January 1, 2019

Theresa (Meader) Judkins


SCARBOROUGH - Theresa Meader Judkins passed away on January 1, 2019 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House due to complications related to Alzheimer’s Disease.

Born in Hallowell on March 26, 1928, Theresa was the daughter of Katherine (Arata) and Harold Melvin Meader. She was raised in Augusta and graduated from Cony High School where she met her future husband, William Judkins.

On July 30, 1949, Tete and Bill were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Augusta. They raised their two children, Bill and Terry, in Augusta, Manchester, and East Winthrop, moving to Portland in 2008 to be closer to family.

Theresa was a member of the Augusta Country Club where she won several golf tournaments. She was proud to be a co-founder of the Winthrop Hot Meal Kitchen Program in 1984. She is predeceased by her parents, sisters Iva DeToma, Gerry McLaughlin, Joanie Hills and brothers Harold Meader and Paul Dowe.

Tete is survived by Bill, her primary caregiver and devoted, loving husband of 69 years; son Bill (Tammy), daughter Terry (Bob); grandchildren Jamie Judd (Brandon), Chris Judkins (Rachel), Tyler Judkins (Maddie), Nicholas Place, and Jordan Place (Rebecca); great-grandchildren Cameron, Kayla, Cora, Avery, Asher, Graham, Jaxon, and Reese; sister Mary Ann Tartre and several nieces and nephews.

The family gives special thanks to Theresa’s care team Donna, Traci, Marie, and David of Hospice of Southern Maine and caregivers Karla, Josie, and April.

Donations may be made in Theresa’s memory to: Maine Children’s Cancer Program c/o Maine Medical Center Philanthropy Office 22 Bramhall Street Portland, ME 04102 Or online at:

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 492 Ocean Ave, Portland on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 11 am. Services are under the care and direction of Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, ME 04103. 775-3763.


No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.

Theresa M. Judkins

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Mark Cameron

January 5, 2019

Uncle Bill, Billy, Terry and extended family,
Where do I start? First, please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I am truly saddened to hear of Aunt Tete's passing and I'm hopeful that the support and compassion from your loving-extended family is helping you cope in this most difficult of times.
I find that I am besieged with a flood of priceless memories about all the special times we shared and the incredible kindness Aunt Tete showed me over the course of my upbringing in Maine and well beyond that too.
From the old camp on Androscoggin Lake to Gardencrest to Cobbossee Lake and all the other family events in between, Aunt Tete was always there with a warm smile and a twinkle in her eye. She made everything better and that was no easy feat when the Meader clan assembled:-)
I was always so proud of her as a golfer too winning the ACC club championship on at least one occasion. I had the pleasure of golfing with her several times and I still use a putting tip she gave me on the back nine of ACC back in 1975.
Lastly, I probably never had the chance to thank her and Uncle Bill for the compassion they showed my Mother during the later stages of her life trying to watch over her and ensure her well being after Marshall had passed away.
God Bless!

Love Mark Cameron & Family