Letter from Jeff Marks - Judy's youngest son





Judy Hurley

She Walks in Beauty

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens O'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
but tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Lord Byron


Classmates Remember

"Comments: I always thought Judy was so beautiful. I wondered what it would be like to be that beautiful and to have such a wonderful smile and way of being."  Diana Selsor Edwards
"I talked to Judy about a month ago and told her I would be coming over to see her in a few days and I never did.  It was a real shock when I opened the paper this morning.  We were very close friends for many years and had lost touch with one another.  Judy and I had lots of good times together.  Her oldest son, Cale, and my son, Russell, were born the same day.  Cale at 8:00 in the morning and Russell at 8:00 that night.  Judy and I were in the same hospital room together and spent the whole night talking.  She was certainly one of the prettiest girls I ever saw."  Bette Taylor
"Beauty like life is fragile, lost memories are equally fragile, beauty is my memory of a classmate we all hoped would never fade. Today we found the once beautiful Judith Hurley Marks has departed in an untimely death. I never knew Judy Hurley Marks personally but marveled at her amazing beauty. That beauty will to me never die even though her body has drawn it s last breath. Judy Hurley Marks, along with those who have passed before her, will be missed at this years 45th Class Reunion of 1960."  Miriam Sheppard
"From the first day I hated high school.  Palatka was new, all the kids were new, and the school was huge compared to the one I'd left.  My troubles started in home room and rapidly grew.  People laughed at me - my worst fear.  I had even been called the worst of all possible names - 'Yankee.'  I got lost finding my second class and slipped in just after the bell rang.  Needless to say everyone stared, a few laughed, and I got the evil eye from the teacher.  By lunch time I had made up my mind to leave...school, home, Palatka, everything...  Only my appetite kept me there another second.  Then I made a decision that had a profound effect on my life.  I decided to eat before leaving.  I was standing in line, head down to avoid stares, trying to block out the noise that seemed to be getting louder by the second.  I was wondering if the food would be worth the humiliation when the line moved.  I raised my head before stepping forward.  In that very moment, almost 49 years ago, Judy Hurley, with her tray, and people on each side talking to her, walked past.  I stared open mouthed.  I couldn't take my eyes off her and wonder of wonders...she looked at me, right in my eyes, hesitated for a fraction of a second and then she smiled.  The most beautiful smile I'd ever seen.  In that smallest fragment of time, my life changed - everything was suddenly OK.  I knew I would make it.  Then she was gone.  Judy never knew that her smile kept me in school, but I knew.  I will never forget.  Everyone on the planet can tell me she is gone but I know better.  Judy Hurley will never be gone."  Anonymous 
"Judy was so beautiful and her smile would make anyone feel good! I think I first met Judy in 9th grade. I always thought how wonderful it would be to be as "naturally beautiful" as Judy was. I only saw Judy several times after we graduated. I never knew until her passing that she lived just 2 doors down from my step-daughter. I would have loved to visit with her. I am very sad that she has passed, but I know she is in a much better place and when we get to heaven we will all easily recognize her by her beauty and smile!" Inez Browning