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Judith Smolk

November 23, 1938 May 11, 2024
Judith Smolk
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Obituary for Judith Smolk

Smolk, Judith “Judy” Belle Camp, RN, BSN, MSN, 85, of Brandon, FL passed away

May 11, 2024.

Judy was born November 23, 1938 in Corry, PA to Wilbur and Alice (Benedict) Camp.

She graduated from Clymer Central High School as valedictorian in 1956 and with

Honors in Nursing from the University of Buffalo in 1960, where she was tapped for the

Cap and Gown Senior Women’s Honorary Society. She practiced Nursing and Nursing

Education for 60 years in Chautauqua County, NY and Tampa, FL. At age 72, she

earned her Master of Nursing Education at the University of South Florida, completing a

life-long goal.

Judy was one of seven board members who founded Hospice of Hillsborough (now

LifePath Hospice) in Tampa in 1983, serving as Secretary of the Board. She felt

especially fortunate to have been involved in the evolution of hospice care in the United

States. In 1995, she became one of the earliest nationally Certified Hospice Nurses and

maintained that certification for 20 years.

As a member of First Presbyterian Church of Brandon, she was involved with the Health

Ministry, senior group (SAGE), Veterans programs, Heifer International, the Alzheimer’s

Walk and numerous other projects. She enjoyed her church friends and working with

her fellow nurses there.

She had a deep intellectual curiosity her entire life. Her interests were music, art and

history. An evening at the Performing Arts Center or a trip to local art museums were

her favorite outings. In 2018, she travelled with her family to Salem, MA to visit the

homestead of Rebecca Nurse, her eight times great aunt. She loved being immersed in

the early New England history in Salem, Boston and Concord, NH. In 2020, she began

studying the life of publisher and politician Horace Greeley, whose parents lived in her

hometown of Clymer, NY. In 2022 Western New York Heritage magazine published an

extensive article, co-written by Judy, on his life and political activity.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Virginia Camp Glavis and Nina

Camp Beckerink, niece Brenda Meeder and nephew Nelson Beckerink. She is survived

by her three daughters, Alisa, Shawn and Gina (Donald), grandchildren Benjamin,

Casey, Patrick and Kathleen. She had many dear nieces and nephews and great nieces

and nephews and was especially grateful for the special bond with her nieces Ramie

Colvin, Sally Beckerink, and Julie Ganske.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Brandon, 121 Carver

Avenue, Brandon, FL 33511 on Saturday, June 8th at 2pm. A hometown memorial

service and interment will take place in Clymer, NY at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to: Family Promise of Hillsborough County, or The Rebecca Nurse Homestead

In Clymer, donations may be made locally to the Clymer Historical Society or the

Clymer/French Creek Free Library.

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