Official Obituary of

Judy Kay (Stewart) Eblin

June 20, 1936 ~ February 21, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Judy Eblin Tribute

Just after an evening of doing one of the things she loved the most – treating her sons and their wives to a wonderful dinner out – Judy Stewart Eblin passed away peacefully early in the morning of February 21, 2024 at Duke University Hospital with her sons Scott and Steve at her bedside.

There are many words that can be used to describe Judy Eblin: wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, friend, partner, caregiver, and citizen all come to mind. The two words that underlie all the roles she played in her life are loyal and loving. No one was more loyal and loving to her husband, family, friends, and community than Judy.

She was born in Huntington, West Virginia on June 20, 1936, and carried her deep love of her hometown in her heart for the rest of her life. She was the proud and loving daughter of Lt. Col Arthur F. Stewart and Gladys Chapman Stewart, known to Judy and countless others as Bur. When her father was deployed with the West Virginia National Guard in the years before, during, and after World War II, Bur and Judy loaded all their belongings in the trunk of a Buick to follow him to Army bases around the country. They always returned to Huntington.

It was there that Judy met the love of her life, Jack Eblin, at age 14 at a meeting of the youth fellowship at First Methodist Church on Fifth Avenue. They were together ever after through their high school years (Huntington East for her, Huntington High for him), their years at Marshall University and then on to Northwestern University in Chicago where Jack earned his degree in dentistry and Judy earned hers in dental hygiene. They were married at First Church in 1957 and, following graduation from Northwestern, spent two years in Charleston, South Carolina where Jack served as a Navy dentist on the USS Everglades and Judy was a supportive Navy wife.

Judy and Jack returned to Huntington in 1962 with a new baby in tow and together took on the challenge of establishing a dental practice that would last for another 44 years until they retired in 2006. Judy was the dental hygienist in the early years of the practice and managed its business matters throughout.

At the same time, Judy established herself as a pillar of the Huntington community as an active participant and leader at First United Methodist Church and in the Junior League of Huntington, the Huntington Dental Auxiliary, the Cabell-Huntington Children’s Dental Clinic, the Huntington Museum of Art, and the Guyan Women’s Golf Association. Speaking of golf, in her heyday, she regularly (and happily) beat the rest of her family in weekend outings and was a very competitive player at Guyan and elsewhere.

Until literally the last day of her life, Judy was the loyalist of friends. In her younger years, she was the one who made sure her mother’s old friends were cared for in their later years. In her own later years, she had a list of lifelong friends that she checked in on regularly. One of the many great qualities that Judy inherited from Bur was the phone call that kept you connected.

The foundation of and first priority in Judy’s life was family. She was loyal and loving beyond measure. She and Jack were married for 62 years until his passing in 2019 and were known throughout Huntington as an inseparable pair. You hardly ever heard one mentioned without the other – Jack and Judy were a package deal.  They had two sons, Scott in 1961 and Steve in 1964. In 1987, they became the loving in-laws of Scott’s wife, Diane and Steve’s wife, Rhonda. They were the over-the-moon Grandad and Nana to Scott and Diane’s sons Andy and Brad. It was one of the great thrills of Judy’s last years to get to know and spend time with Andy’s and Brad’s life partners, Donna Mena and Renee Beckwith respectively. She moved from Huntington to Durham, North Carolina in December 2022 to be closer to her kids – Scott and Diane in Durham and Steve and Rhonda close by in Asheboro.

And family was the focus of Judy’s last night on earth. In celebration of Steve’s 60th birthday, she insisted on taking her kids out for a celebratory dinner at a restaurant appropriately named Nana’s. Drinks were served, the food was delicious, scrumptious deserts were shared. Judy signed for the check, and we all headed home not realizing at the time that she would very soon be heading to her heavenly home and reunion with Jack and all the family and friends who passed before her.

A remembrance service for Judy will be held at First United Methodist Church in Huntington on Saturday, March 9 with an hour-long visitation beginning at 1:00 pm and the service at 2:00 pm. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Jack C. Eblin Yeager Scholarship Fund at Marshall University Foundation, 519 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25703 or the Jack C. and Judy S. Eblin Memorial Trust of the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia, P.O. Box 3811, Charleston, WV 25338.

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Funeral Service
March 9, 2024

2:00 PM
First United Methodist Church Huntington


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