Judith A. (Berry) Pitts, age 81

of Braintree

Judith A. (Berry) Pitts, age 81

At the age of 81, Judy Pitts, a longtime resident of Braintree, passed away peacefully in the early morning of February 20, 2023 reuniting with her cherished husband, Wally.

Judy was the beloved wife of the late Walter Pitts; loving daughter of the late Alond Berry and Catherine Schofield Berry; sister of Barbara Paine, the late Dorothy Barry, and the late Richard Berry; devoted mother of Amy Mousette and her husband Mark, Catherine Presti and her husband Ronald, and Susan Champagne; grandmother of eleven; and great grandmother of three.

As a teenager, Judy met Wally in the drum and bugle corps at Christ Church Quincy where they were lifelong parishioners. They married and spent fifty-six joyful years together extending kindness, gifts, and talents to everyone they encountered.

Judy loved the ocean. Seagulls in flight, resting, or loudly snatching her bread brought her extraordinary joy. She appreciated quiet walks along the shore. She sailed with Wally in Boston Harbor, often stopping on the shores of Bumpkin, Grape, or George’s Islands. To Judy, the rugged coast of Maine was spectacular. She made many trips to Maine, often bringing her children and grandchildren. Together they waded in search of sand dollars, starfish, or sea urchins. She introduced the beauty of her favorite artist Andrew Wyatt, and always, a trip to Maine included lobster at Five Islands or Cooks.

Color inspired Judy to paint, and she painted on everything. She loved sharing her special gift. All year, Judy collected her canvas; rocks, driftwood, rusty skates, old sleds, and all sorts of stuff that she creatively transformed into beautifully painted treasures. Fallen branches were painted into Santa Claus walking sticks. A few crystals from a broken chandelier mixed with iridescent cellophane, hot glue, and a smidge of paint would be transformed into a magical angel. Burnt light bulbs became Grinches or cats, and just about anything might morph into a Christmas wreath. Every year she loved filling a table at the Advent fair which was visited year after year by many who collected her art. Her paintings continue to adorn many homes.

Judy’s eleven grandchildren were an ever-present joy in her life. She almost always had a grandchild with her. During countless visits, meals and sleepovers, Judy imparted life lessons of caring and service by simple example. Her grandchildren learned as she “halved the potatoes” when an unexpected guest arrived at dinnertime. They rode along when calls sent Judy out to provide rides for someone in need. Her grandchildren shopped with her for ingredients to cook for Father Bill’s homeless shelter and church dinners. With Judy, her grandchildren took excursions to the grocery store simply to ensure the freezer was stocked with pound cake; just in case a particular young neighbor with a pound cake affinity might stop in. In all her acts, Judy taught compassion. She immersed her grandchildren in her artistry and Advent fair tradition teaching them not only the skills to draw, paint and create, but the necessity to share those talents as she so freely did.

Judy’s life was one of love, caring and service. Her ever-present smile and joy of life will be sorely missed but remain etched in our hearts forever.

Judy’s family invites you to join them in giving thanks for her life at a Memorial Eucharist at Christ Church Quincy, 12 Quincy Avenue, Quincy, on Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m., which will be followed by a reception in the parish hall. For Judy’s loved ones who cannot attend her memorial Eucharist in person, the service will be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/live/DAyTCAHApSo?feature=share.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Judy’s memory may be made to her spiritual home: Christ Church Quincy Memorial Fund, 12 Quincy Avenue, Quincy, MA 02169.


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  • Judy is now at rest in the closer presence of God , with Wally, and all those whom she loved and for a while did see. Judy’s presence remains at Christ’s Church in beautiful and fun memories, and precious works of art. Well done good and faithful beloved of God. May her soul, and all the souls of the departed, through the mercy, love, and grace of God, rest in peace and rise in glory.

  • I didn’t know Judy for long. I remember meeting her and Wally at my brother-in-law, Chris Sullivan’s wake. I remember thinking how very thoughtful it was for them to come and show their love for Chris. He loved Sue deeply.
    Over the last year or so I got to know her, while Sue was living with and caring for her mother.
    Spending time with her and Sue, I grew to love and enjoy her so much. I would call her momma and she would look at me with those gorgeous blue eyes and smile and reach her hand out.
    Bless your heart Judy, you are now back in the arms of the love of your life.
    You will certainly be missed.
    Tight hugs~
    Heaven has gained yet another Angel!

  • I met Judy on 6/8/59. We were fresh out of high school. We dated our future husbands together; and we were there to encourage each other through the happy moments and a few of the trials that happen in life. I was blessed to have her as my dear friend for 64 years. She always was a “glass HALF FULL” kind of girl. To have her in your life was a gift. I’m thrilled that she’s back in the arms of God and her wonderful husband Wally. Our loss is Heaven’s gain.

  • Joining the YPF when I was in my teens, I was always thrilled to be in the company of Judy and Wally. On occasion they would provide the transportation when needed for the younger teens to go to YPF ‘away’ functions. And again, as a young mother, I was provided with transportation to Judy & Wally’s home for a “Come as you are” breakfast that the CC Mothers’ Club was holding…and indeed, I had not been able to change in to daytime clothing! It is a great memory to have, and to have shared a little bit of time with Judy and Wally.

  • My deepest sympathies to Judy’s 3 daughters Sue, Amy and Cathy and all of her family and friends.
    Thank you for the honor of caring for your precious mother for the last year and a half. Your mother quickly became a dear friend of mine and I will treasure all of our laughs, talks, lunches and beach adventures we shared together. Most of all, her trust in me and her reaching out to hold my hand everyday with her caring smile. I love her very much.

    My love to you all,