Freeport, ME and Andover, MA — Judith Rutter, 60, an Andover native and longtime resident of Freeport, died on September 12, 2013, as a result of an accident while hiking with friends in the Dolomite Mountains of Italy. She is survived by her beloved mother, Dorothea Rutter of Andover; her brother, Stephen and his wife, Deb, of Andover, and children, Matthew and his wife, Cherish, Stacy and her fiancé Michael, Michael and his wife, Jill; her sister, Jacqueline Rutter and her husband, Andrew Gully of New York City, and their children Jocelyn, Hanna and Dylan Gully; as well as several members of her extended family. She was predeceased by her father, Harold A. Rutter Jr.
In her youth, Judy was an accomplished equestrian, touring the New England riding circuit in the family station wagon with her parents and earning a stellar reputation in the show ring. She rode for many years for Red Oak Farm in North Andover, and was a fixture there during that time.
After graduating from Andover High School, she moved to Maine in the mid-1970s to pursue her love of skiing, especially on the slopes of Sugarloaf. She was employed by L.L. Bean in the creative department, for 10 years, led bike tours around New England for many summers, and provided childcare to families. She was noted for injecting creativity, playfulness, and a sense of wonder into the lives of the children she cared for. As a Hurricane Island Outward Bound instructor for many years, Judy led kayak trips along the Maine coast and in the waters around Puerto Rico. She went on to facilitate professional development programs for Outward Bound and the University of Southern Maine. Her teaching techniques, safety skills, and patience instilled confidence in her students, both on and off the water.
Judy’s enthusiasm for engaging with nature was boundless. She rarely let a beautiful sunset pass by unnoticed, or closed a curtain during a thunderstorm. Her leadership in the outdoors was respected and she challenged others to push themselves so they would fully appreciate the experience. One year, she biked cross-country to raise funds and awareness for the Lung Association.
Her legacy is in her photographs. Through her artistic eye, she captured timeless images of children and nature. Many of her images are lovingly displayed in the homes of family and friends, and will serve as timeless reminders of Judy. The heart-shaped stones that she gathered from Maine beaches and trails are a symbol of her love of nature, friends and family.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Friday, September 27, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence Street, Andover. A private family burial will take place in West Parish Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Maine Island Trail Association, 58 Fore Street, Suite 30-3 Portland, ME 04101, or to the charity of your choice. For directions, or to offer condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.