Judith Hayes Dwyer, 75, Washington, died peacefully at 5:55 p.m. Saturday at her home. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church with Father Gordon Mann as celebrant. Internment will follow in St. John Cemetery. Friends may call at Our Lady of Hope from 8:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Thursday.
Judith was born Nov. 27, 1938 in Washington to Jack E. Hayes and Helen Dougherty Hayes. She married James Donald Dwyer on Sept. 8, 1962 at St. Simon Catholic Church. He died on Aug. 12, 2000.
She was a member of St. Simon Catholic Church, which became Our Lady of Hope. She had been a member of Kappa Kappa Kappa since 1956 and served as president of both Beta Zeta Washington Associate Chapters. She was also a member of the Daviess County Republican Women. Judith graduated from Washington Catholic High School in 1956, Marquette University in 1960 and the Indiana School of Law in Bloomington in 1963. She served as deputy prosecuting attorney from 1966 until 1974 and served as Judge of the Daviess County Court from 1976-1987. At the time, she was the fourth woman to serve as a judge in Indiana. She became an appointed judge of the Daviess Superior Court in 1988 and served until 2002.
Judith was also a member of the Board of Governors at Daviess County Hospital from 1976 to 1975 and the Daviess County United Way from 1989 to 1996.
She is survived by her five children; Julie D.B. Martin of Bloomington, Patrick D. Dwyer of Washington, Brendan H. Dwyer of Indianapolis, Jennifer B. Dwyer of Strasburg, Virginia and Michael D. Dwyer of Vincennes. One brother, Jeffrey E. Hayes, and nine grandchildren also survive. The family requests that remembrances be made to the Jack E. Hayes Catholic Education Endowment Fund of the Daviess County Community Foundation, 320 E. Main St., Washington, or The Daviess County Museum, 212 E. Main, Washington.
Ed Lee Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.