WOODBURY — Georgia P. Dudley, 85, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020, after a short illness. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, G. Clayton Dudley, and her daughter, Wynne.
Georgia grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in biology. At Cornell, Georgia met Clayt and they lived nearby while he attended Cornell Veterinary School. A lifelong connection to the area was made. The Paddock cottage at Farley’s Point on Cayuga Lake was a frequent gathering spot for family and friends.
After Clayt graduated from Cornell Vet School, they lived in Puerto Rico for several years where he worked as a USDA veterinarian. They eventually settled in Woodbury, where they worked together to build his veterinary practice. Georgia also taught biology and science at area schools.
Active within the community, they supported local businesses and organizations, particularly those emphasizing education and nature conservancy.
Georgia loved the arts and found inspiration in people’s creativity, whether it was music, paintings, written word, sculpture or handmade crafts. She was an ardent believer that arts offered intangible benefits to our lives and was a strong supporter of local artisans and art organizations.
Extremely giving to both friends and family, Georgia always remembered a birthday, celebrated personal milestones, knew when words of encouragement were needed, and her knack for funny cards was second to none. She had endless compassion for her family and friends.
She was a magician in making events/experiences happen with flair, whether it was a last minute trip to a UConn basketball game, organizing activities at the annual Saratoga track outings, family reunions or activities for the “non-horsey attendees” at Wynne’s horse shows. Independent, strong and a lifelong learner, Georgia enjoyed “lively” discussions and valued the art of the opinion.
Georgia will be greatly missed by her nieces and nephews, Susie Stumpf (Capt. Robert USN, ret., Dr. Bradley Paddock (Amy), David Paddock (Susan), Dr. George “Bud” Knefely, Patricia Paddock (Gerard) and Bruce Paddock (Arliss), Noelani Sturdevant, Jay Sturdevant (Emma) and several cousins.
Others who will cherish her memory include the White/Beresford/Fox, Sweeney/Slenger and Koon/Morehouse families of Farley’s Point; and from Woodbury, the Galvin and Seymour families and Carrie Jalbert.
The family would like to thank her close friend, Beverly Dennen (Phillip), who provided Georgia much support and comfort over the past few months. Wynne and Clayt especially would like to thank Joanne Seymour, Gail Seymour and Jim Press, who provided so much support to them and to Georgia over her last days. They take great comfort that she is now with her dear cousin, Cappy.
Georgia’s memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, February 17, at Middlebury Congregational Church, 1242 Whittemore Rd., Middlebury. Burial will be private.
Donations in Georgia’s memory maybe made to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Wildlife Refuge, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd., Ithaca, N.Y. 14850; or the Mattatuck Museum, 63 Prospect St., Waterbury 06702.