We lost our beloved Judy Stanton, on October 23rd, 2017. She was a devoted wife, mother and friend. Judy was born in 1940 in Cheltenham, England. She journeyed to America first as a war baby, then again with her family when she was 16. She settled in Santa Barbara as a teen and made it her permanent home.
Judy was an award winning quilter, poet and artist who saw beauty and promise everywhere. She was also a steadfast philanthropist dedicated to creating positive change in our world and helping people along the way. She supported such organizations as: Planned Parenthood, The SPCA of Santa Barbara, The LGBT Center Orange County, and The Santa Barbara Cancer Center. Judy worked as a Trust Officer for Montecito Bank and Trust where she cared for so many clients and their families throughout the years.
Judy and her husband of 21 years, John McClure, were lifelong friends and raised two children, Linda and Jim McClure. She is survived by her two children as well as her granddaughter, Ainsley McClure of Long Beach, CA. and her beloved dog Toby. Judy was later married to Mack Stanton for 20 years and they shared their retirement years together in Santa Barbara and then in Montecito. They very much enjoyed time with their blended family as well as their daily walks with their dogs.
Friends and family will convene for a celebration of Judy’s life in the Spring of 2018. For now, a line from one of her favorite poems, “Wild Geese,” by Mary Oliver because Judy will forever be a poet at heart: “Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.”