Judith Ann Willcox (nee Salisbury), 78, of North Ridgeville, passed away at her residence on Saturday August 8, 2020, after a long illness. She was born February 16, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio. Judy had resided in North Ridgeville for the last year, and had previously resided in places around the country including Guilford, Connecticut; Perrysburg, Ohio; Paola, Kansas; Liberty, Missouri and Fremont, California. She graduated from Elyria High School, attended Bluffton University and later received two masters’ degrees. Judy was employed at many jobs in the human services fields, including as an adult literacy tutor, GED instructor, and for the child welfare agency in Missouri. Judy was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in North Ridgeville and Maumee Methodist Church in Maumee, Ohio, where she was involved with United Methodist Women and the “Sisters” women’s bible study group. Judy’s true passion was social justice work and civil rights, and she extended that passion to her family life as the matriarch of a multi-racial family of seven children and numerous foster children, exchange students and lost souls. She enjoyed reading, writing letters to the editor and traveling. Judith Willcox is survived by: her husband of fifty-seven years, Alanson F. Willcox; four daughters, Allison Wells (Jeffrey) of Chicago, IL, Rebecca Willcox of Phoenix, AZ, Jennifer Willcox (Donald Johnson) of Guilford CT, and Dianiah Willcox of Liberty, MO; three sons, Bradford Willcox (Katie) of Palm Springs, CA, Timothy Willcox of Gladstone, MO and Neal Willcox of San Diego, CA; five grandchildren, Melissa Kaylee Willcox, Alexander Weston (Sheria), Levi Johnson, Violet Johnson, and True Willcox; and one great-grandson, Ocean Weston. She also is survived by her siblings, Mary Karlovec (Robert) of Elyria, Clifford Salisbury (Betty) of Elyria, Robert Salisbury of Elyria, Ken Salisbury (Eloise) of Fairview Park and by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and beloved friends. She was preceded in death by: her parents, Clifford and Gladys (nee Ponting) Salisbury, and her brother John Salisbury in 2015. Services and the burial will be held at a later time when travel restrictions have eased. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the First Congregational Church UCC of North Ridgeville.
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