On January 21, 2021, Judith Anne Coville Tackney slipped peacefully from this life and into the next. Born in Syracuse, New York on March 24, 1943 to James Edgar Coville and Elizabeth “Pug” Anne Critz, she is preceded in death by her loving parents and her brother, James “Skip” Coville. Judith is survived by her husband Robert A. Tackney of Sandy Creek, NY, her sister, Jill E. Coville Wax of Tampa, FL, her three beautiful daughters, of whom she could not have been more proud, Chandra M. Tackney of Tampa, FL, Rhonda L. Nelson (Pete) of Tampa, FL, and Janel B. Gonzalez (Anthony) of Tampa, FL as well as six darling granddaughters whom she treasured greatly, Carlie Grace, Nena Elizabeth, Cecilia Jane, Claire Tackney, Ruby Nel, and Rosa Marie.
Judith, affectionately known as G’ma, never knew a stranger. Her boisterous laugh was as contagious as her eyes were kind. A determined personality and quick wit, she wasn’t shy serving some sass but it always came with a smile and a twinkle in her eye. Her love was deep and its reach knew no end, she was a mother to many and, later in life, a grandmother to all. If you knew G’ma, you were loved by G’ma.
A helper in every sense of the meaning, G’ma gained the titles of “super washer” and “master chef”. The most stubborn of stains had met their match once G’ma set her mind on tackling them. She was frequently found, in the late afternoon, giving the same attention to a dirty white sock as she did to the granddaughter who wore it the day before. G’ma spent her days in the kitchen, meatballs being a frequent masterpiece. She enjoyed watching a good game on TV when she wasn’t involved in her granddaughter’s many activities. They were her pride and joy and she was their greatest cheerleader. G’ma filled the quiet of the morning with the day’s paper, quickly followed by the newest gossip from soap opera digest. She loved visiting with friends back home on the lake, a place very near her heart, and she could talk about any subject, holding an audience with captivating stories, for hours on end.
G’ma, a parishioner of Christ The King Catholic Church, was nothing short of a blessing to all who knew her. She gave the greatest of hugs and though nothing will fill the space she has left behind, her family and friends are better for having known the love she shared that created it.
Donations may be sent in Judith’s name to Catholic Charities at: