Judith Ward Raven, 70, of Palermo, Maine passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at Maine General Medical Center, Augusta Campus after a brief battle with cancer. Judith W. Raven was born August 21, 1940 to Merwin and Edith (Studley) Ward in South Freedom, Maine. Judy attended South Freedom Grammar school and graduated from Erskine Academy in 1958, where she was a dormitory student. She graduated from the University of Maine, Orono in 1962 with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology (Social Work Option). After graduation she was employed for Maine Child Welfare Services in the Bangor-Brewer area. She received a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1967. She was employed twenty years for the Maine Bureau of Retardation in Augusta, Maine. In 1967 she and Algene Raven of Knox married. They have been married for 43 years. For 41 of those years they lived in Palermo raising their family; a son Judson Raven and a daughter Andrea Raven Huff. She was predeceased by her father, Merwin Ward; and her brother, Laurice Ward. Judy is survived by her husband, Algene; her son, Judson Raven and his wife, Susan of Vinalhaven; her daughter, Andrea Huff and her husband, Roger of Palermo; four well loved granddaughters, Hannah and Hallee Huff of Palermo and Sarah Isa and Elizabeth Addy Raven of Vinalhaven; her mother, Edith Ward of Palermo; sister Frances Ward of Albion; sister-in-law Lona Bourassa and husband Robert of Florida; one uncle Roy Ward and wife Margarite of Freedom; mother-in-law Bea Raven of Knox; brothers-in-law Melvin Raven and wife Carol of Appleton, Robert Raven and wife Sandy of Burnham, Arnold Raven of Thorndike, and Roger Raven and wife Joan of Knox; sisters-in-law Janice Gardner and husband Joel of Montville, Barbara Raven of Unity, and Myrna Raven of Unity; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. The family would like to thank the staff at Maine General Medical Center, Augusta Campus 4th floor Oncology Department for their kind and professional care during her last few days. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., Unity, Maine with Rev. Marcia Charles officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Palermo Historical Society, PO Box 13, Palermo, Maine 04354 or Catholic Charities of Maine, PO Box 10660, Portland, Maine 04104-6060.