Sunday, July 25, 2021

Judith Stanton Obituary (2021) – St. Petersburg, FL


STANTON, Judith Ash “Judy” was born August 11, 1933 in Charlotte, NC, to Lloyd Radcliffe and Blanche Ash. Her early childhood was spent between Fayetteville, NC, and St. Petersburg, where she visited each summer with her beloved grandparents, Blanche and Bill Grant Sr., at their home on Park Street. As her father was an aviator with the Navy, throughout the war years she traveled the country, changing schools nearly 20 times. After the war, she moved back to St. Petersburg and attended St. Petersburg High where she was proud to be a cheerleader. During this time, the Grants purchased what became Judy’s precious home on the Blue Run River. She was one of the original ‘River Rats,’ and spent many hours water skiing up and down the Blue Run. This is also when the Grants purchased season tickets to UF football where Judy ultimately became a Bull Gator and had the famous parking lot space number 15 by Gate 3, a legendary tailgate party stop. Judy attended FSU, where she pledged Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, and spent a semester in Mexico. She became fluent in Spanish, and this allowed her to start a career as an interpreter for First National Bank of South Miami and with the family law firm of Therrel Baisden in Miami Beach. She was a debutante in St. Petersburg in 1952, and later also presented at the Indian Creek Club in Bal Harbour. Shortly thereafter, one of the law partners set her up on a blind date with his brother, Ross Stanton, an attorney with the Florida State Department, and the rest is history. In 1961, Judy and Ross moved back to St. Petersburg where Ross began his private law practice. Their three daughters were born in quick succession, and Judy devoted her life to her family, volunteer work and the art of having fun. She served as president of the Stuart Society of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Junior League of St. Petersburg, the St. Petersburg Bar Auxiliary and the Snell Isle Chapter of Questers, International and many school PTA’s. Judy served on numerous other boards and committees and she volunteered for many organizations, including Christmas Belles, Daughters of the American Revolution, St. Andrews Society and Scottish Heritage Society, Town and Gown Foundation of USFSP, Infinity, Alpha Gamma Delta, the St. Petersburg Debutante Club, Queen of Hearts Ball. She was a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the Bucketeers. Most important in her life was her family. She is predeceased by her parents; her beloved grandparents; and her husband, Ross. She is survived by her children, Judy Holland (Troy), Rossi Selzer (Larry), and Sandy Marsh (Elliot); her grandchildren, Andy and Franci Holland, Hank, Ned and Ellie Selzer, Matthew (Ariana Halferty) and Rob Mahoney; and her great-grandchildren, Matthew and Maeci Mahoney. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Rainbow River Conservation, Inc., PO Box 729, Dunnellon, FL 34430 or a favorite charity of your choice. A Memorial Service will be held at the Cathedral Church of St Peter, 140 4th Street N., St. Petersburg, FL, 2 pm, Saturday, July 24, 2021. A reception for friends and family will follow immediately after the service at the St. Petersburg Women’s Club, Snell Isle Blvd NE. Visit Judy’s online guestbook at: www.andersonmcqueen.com

Published by Tampa Bay Times on Jul. 21, 2021.



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