Obituary: Judith Cobb Mallett Obituary 2024

Obituary: Judith Cobb Mallett, Beloved Music Educator and Community Leader

Obituary: Judith Cobb Mallett, Beloved Music Educator and Community Leader

It is with profound sadness that the family of Judith “Judy” Cobb Mallett announces her passing on May 7, 2024, surrounded by her loving daughters in Lee, Maine.

Early Life and Education

Judy was born on May 29, 1946, to Floyd and Maudie Cobb. Her family’s purchase of sporting camps on Pierce Pond in western Maine instilled in her a lifelong love for the outdoors and a deep appreciation for the beauty of the natural world. Judy attended Lee Academy, where she excelled academically and discovered her passion for music. She continued her education at Gorham State Teacher’s College, graduating in 1968 with a degree in education.

Music Educator Extraordinaire

Judy’s teaching career began in the Millinocket school system before she moved on to the districts of Mt Abram and Carrabec. Wherever she went, she left an enduring legacy by nurturing the musical talents of countless students. She played a pivotal role in expanding music programs, inspiring students to reach their full potential. At Carrabec, she transformed the chorus group from a small ensemble to one of over 150 students. Her annual spring concerts, dinner theatre shows, and the renowned “Event of the Year” showcased her dedication to providing students with unforgettable musical experiences.

Retirement and Continued Passion

Upon her retirement, Judy and her longtime partner, Jack Bailey, spent their winters in Zephyrhills, Florida. Her musical talents quickly gained recognition, and she became an integral part of a successful local band, performing regularly in the community.

Genealogical Enthusiast

Beyond music, Judy had an unyielding passion for genealogy. She spent countless hours researching her family history, meticulously uncovering the rich tapestry of her ancestors’ lives. She actively shared her findings with others, fostering a sense of connection and community among extended family members.

Lee Academy Champion

Judy’s deep affection for her alma mater, Lee Academy, led her to become a dedicated Trustee. She tirelessly worked to strengthen the Alumni Association, raise funds for the school’s needs, and create a vibrant sense of community among its graduates.

Legacy of Love and Inspiration

Judy Mallett is survived by her two daughters, Katherine and partner John, Kristen and husband Bob; grandchildren Kaitlyn, Nickolas, and Grace; great-grandchildren Wyatt and Bryce; sister Jeannie Merchant and husband John; sister-in-law Betty Cobb; father of Judy’s girls, Robert Mallett; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, brother Gary, and longtime loving partner Jack.

Judy’s life was a testament to her unwavering passion for music, education, genealogy, and her beloved community. Her legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.

Celebration of Life and Donations

A celebration of Judy’s life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Lee Academy Alumni Association (P O Box 53, Lee ME 04455).