Judith Elizabeth Caler Heck, 81, of Wilkesboro passed away Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at Wake Forest Baptist Wilkes Medical Center.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be in Scenic Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Mrs. Heck was born June 28, 1939, in Hanover, Penn., to Louise Catherine Caler. Mrs. Heck had been an EMT with Wilkes County EMS, an RN at Britthaven Nursing Home and had retired as an Emergency Room Nurse at Wilkes Regional Medical Center after 20 years of service. Judith received multiple publishing awards and published poetry in numerous publications: Timeless Pursuit; Eber & Wein Publishing, National Library of Poetry, Sparrow Grass Poetry and Best Poets of 2011 Anthology. She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Hanover, Penn., and was an active parishioner of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Wilkesboro.
In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Fern Melvin Heck.
She is survived by two sons, Anthony J. Urick and Victoria of Romeoville, Ill., and Richard G. Urick and Donna of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and a daughter, Beth Brown of Wilkesboro. She is survived by eight grandchildren, Kelly Griffin, Brandy Stiles and Tiffany McGinty, all of Penn.; Joy Urick and Valerie Meany, both of Ill.; Shannon H. Delp and Nicole Hockensmith, both of North Carolina; and Jason Griffin of Florida. She is survived by 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and longtime friend and neighbor, Mildred Laws of Wilkesboro.