Judith Rands
Judith Rands
Judith Rands
Judith Rands
Judith Rands
Judith Rands

Obituary of Judith A. Rands



Judith A. Rands, age 85, beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Sister, died peacefully at the home of her daughter in Penfield on Thursday July 21, 2022.


There will be no prior calling hours. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Wednesday July 27, 2022 11am at the United Church of Phelps. 

Private burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery in Phelps.


It is requested that memorial donations be made in memory of Mrs. Rands to the United Church of Phelps 58 Main Street Phelps, NY 14532.


Mrs. Rands was born on October 10, 1936 in Cooperstown, NY the daughter of the late Sidney and Katherine Jennings Vaughn. She graduated from Richfield Springs Central School in 1955, and Oneonta State Teacher’s College in 1959. Judith married Robert E. Rands on June 13, 1959, and together they lovingly raised their three children.  Mrs. Rands was an elementary school teacher in Wellsville prior to moving to Phelps. She then became a substitute teacher at the Phelps-Clifton Springs School District for many years. She and her husband, Robert were active longtime members of the United Church of Phelps where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and participated in many of the community support events of the church. She had a very strong and unwavering faith and she was an inspiration to many family and friends. Her family was the center of her life and it brought her great joy to support and be involved in her children and grandchildren’s lives. She always maintained a grateful heart, and exuded her loving, giving, thoughtful spirit to all those who came into her life. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.


She is survived by her children Ronald (Bonnie) Rands of TN

Pamela (James Lewis) Rands of Penfield

Eric (Julie) Rands of Port Gibson

Grandchildren Jessica Fortunato

Shannon Rands

Adam Lewis and Hannah Lewis

Andrew Rands 

Kayla (Michael) Hartman

Great grandchildren Liam Newbrook and Ella Fortunato

Brother Roger (Diane) Vaughn of Richfield Springs

Phyllis (Mike) Dewhirst of Rochester

Predeceased by her husband Robert Rands

Funeral arrangements have been made with the Cheney Funeral Home 70 Main Street Phelps


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Memorial Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
United Church of Phelps
58 Main Street
Phelps, New York, United States
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