In Memory of Judy Chaffin - The Pumpkin Lady

BY: Lisa Seibert
last updated 12/23/2018
In Memory of Judy Chaffin - The Pumpkin Lady

It is with great sadness that we report Judy Chaffin, the Pumpkin Lady passed away Friday, December 21st.

In Memory of Judy Chaffin - The Pumpkin Lady

Judy earned the name "Pumpkin Lady" by starting the Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow. In 1984 Judy  placed 30 carved pumpkins on the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church hill that faces Stoddard Avenue. Over the years friends and neighbors chipped in, carving, staging, and lighting hundreds of pumpkins. 

Judy was sick and unable to hold the pumpkin glow in 2016, then in 2017 the Grafton Hill Historic District took charge of the event that Daytonians had come to love. Just as it was for Judy, the Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow is a labor of love for the Grafton Hill community and their supporters.  

The Stoddard Ave Pumpkin Glow featured 1,000 pumpkins and was enjoyed by nearly 10,000 guests this year. Thank you Judy for the delightful legacy.

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 27, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 1001 Harvard Blvd, Dayton, Ohio, 45406. 

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Judith Joyce Chaffin  

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