Judith A. "Judy" Brown (Breedlove), 71, of Richmond, quietly drifted into eternal life on the night of Monday, May 11, 2020. Judy was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 26, 1948 to Louis Jr. and Daisy Morse Brown. She believed in the power of education prompting her journey to Muskingum College in Ohio on a full scholarship. Soon, marriage to Albert Anderson relocated her to Lynchburg, Virginia where she graduated from Lynchburg College with a BA in Sociology in 1971. Even though Judy was now a devoted mother, she was determined to set a good example for her daughter, Melissa, and continued to be dedicated to her education. Through scholarships, Judy obtained a master’s in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University and was recognized by John Hopkins University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute for her outstanding contribution and work. In 1981, she received her Certification as Forensic Evaluator from University of Virginia, Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy. Seeking to complete a well-rounded education and skill set, she became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Judy was a hard worker that blazed trails throughout the City of Richmond Department of Mental Health, where she worked for over 25 years. She was an Assistant Professor and Director of Field Instruction at Virginia Union University Department of Social Work. She was the first Black woman to serve on Richmond’s first Forensic Evaluator Team. During this time frame she served as the Director of the Medication Unit for the Department of Mental Health. Not only did she exceed expectations academically and professionally, Judy was a pillar and gave back to her community. Whether teaching Social Work at Virginia Union University, serving as a Mental Health Assessment and Evaluation professional for New Hope Support Services or serving as a Case Manager for Feedmore, even well into retirement, Judy never forgot about the health and well being of her community. Although Judy loved what she did and the people she served, there was nothing like the love of family that gave her the most joy. Whether her immediate family or her church family, Judy embraced laughter and her laugh was unmistakable and heartfelt. In 2001, Judy married her everlasting love, Vaughan Breedlove, and together over the years, their hearts grew right along with the seeds they sowed, the children and grandchildren they lovingly raised, and the legacy they left. Today and forevermore, Judy is exactly where she wants to be, brokenhearted no more and in the arms of her holy Father and her eternal love, laughing with joy, and waiting for the moment to see her family and friends again. She was preceded in death most recently by her beloved husband, Vaughan E. Breedlove; parents, Louis Jr. and Daisy Morse Brown and grandson, Langston Emmanuel Hopkins. Surviving are her loving daughter, Melissa J. Anderson-Hopkins; stepsons, Vaughan E., Jr., Vinton, of Philadelphia, Pa. and Vaughan E. Breedlove, III; two grandchildren, Louis Brown Hopkins (LB) and London Victoria Hopkins (The Duchess); brother, Mark Brown, Jr. of Lynchburg, Va.; six dedicated nieces and nephews; a host of great nieces and nephews; a devoted sister in love, Gail Brown; six godchildren, other relatives, and friends. A private memorial celebration for family only will be held 12 noon Saturday, May 16 at Scott's Chapel, 116 E. Brookland Park Blvd. Rev. Dr. Sylvester T. Smith officiating. The service may be viewed via livestream at scottsfuneralhome.com. Please honor Judy's memory with fun and inspirational moments in her online guest book at scottsfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer's Association, 4600 Cox Road, Suite 130, Glen Allen, Va. 23060.
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