Manchester – Judith May (Mathews) Gamble, 83, left us to join her late husband, Robert S. Gamble, surrounded by her children at home after a long battle with cancer. Judy was the daughter of Anne Brooks Mathews and Charles Redmond Mathews, both from Manchester. Judy was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, sister, girlfriend and a lover of classical country music. Judy lived in Manchester for most of her life and graduated from Story High School in 1956.
Judy and Bob, married for 56 years, raised their six children in Manchester with love, humor and a devoted dedication to work and family. Christmas was an extremely fun event celebrated by the family every year, including an energetic and competitive Yankee Swap with over 32 family members. Family was the most important factor in her life and Judy’s hands were always busy, from the earliest memories knitting sweaters, baby blankets and Christmas stockings to handmade quilts cherished by each of her 18 grandchildren.
Judy had a great life raising her kids, watching them raise them for their own family and she especially enjoyed being involved in the lives of all her grandkids which was highlighted by spending the summer days at Singing Beach , surrounded by them. Bob and Judy were always the first to arrive at a family celebration and the last to leave. They enjoyed many years of adventures cruising the Caribbean and Alaska. They also enjoyed the warmth of Aruba and Florida for extended stays during the cold winter months. For Judy’s 75th birthday, her five daughters took her to Nashville and the Grand Old Opry, where she could enjoy all the history and performances of her old favorites.
Bob and Judy loved golfing together and for many years they enjoyed entertaining friends and family at their vacation home on Merrymeeting Lake in New Durham, NH.
Judy has always been actively involved in the Church. From an early age she was her father’s whistleblower for Sunday services at Manchester Baptist Church and later became a deacon and volunteer at Manchester’s First Parish Church.
Judy leaves behind a son Robert Scott Gamble and his Manchester fiancée Elisabeth Zraket; five daughters Wendy Fraser and her husband Scott of Manchester, Brenda Gamble King and her husband Dana of Essex, Julie Gamble Smith and her husband Edward of Manchester, Susan Louise Doucette and her husband James of Manchester, Sandra Lee Knowlton and her husband Charles van Amesbury ; 18 grandchildren, Trevor, Logan and Sierra Gamble, Morgan and Courtney Fraser, Maxwell, Stuart and Ramsey King, Camden, Brittany and Annika Smith, William, Hillary, Henry and Chloe Doucette, Kyle and Olivia Knowlton; brother Richard Mathews and wife Linda of Peabody; brother Ronald Mathews from Beverly; sister-in-law Ronda Gamble van Natick; brother-in-law Eliot Bentley of New Hampshire; and many cousins. Judy also leaves behind many lifelong friends, including her dear friends Ronald and Joyce Cram from Beverly and her lunchtime friends Story High.
Judy was predeceased by her loving husband Robert; granddaughter Claudia Marie Smith; sister Betty Bentley; brother Charles Mathews and his wife Jeanne; brother William Mathews; sister-in-law Beverly Mathews; and brother-in-law Norman Gamble.
Her funeral service will be held at First Parish Church, 10 Central Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, on Friday, January 7, at 10am. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Pine St., Manchester-by-the-Sea. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of Judy’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Information, directions and condolences on www.campbelfuneral.com.