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Judith Chiles

October 31, 1955 — November 19, 2023

Judith Chiles, a woman who loved lighthouses, dolphins, horses, figurines, and her family (not necessarily in that order), and who had an inexplicable affection for the Denver Broncos, passed away from a heart attack on November 19, 2023, in Anderson, SC. Born on Halloween in 1955, in Monterrey, VA, Judith was known for her selfless, thoughtful, and loving nature, and for her uncanny ability to make any situation feel lighter with her humor.

Judith was a woman of many passions, but her love for her family was paramount. She was the proud mother of Myles (Eddie) Workman, and the ex-wife of Patrick Chiles, who she often joked was her favorite ex-husband. She was the beloved sister of Donald Herron, Eleanor Ficham, and Dianne Herron, and the adored grandmother of Micheal, Jeremy, Emily, Myles, Mary, Morgan, and Alexus. She also had seven great-grandchildren, and a multitude of nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Mary, a brother Calvin Herron, her daughter Samantha, and one great-grandchild.

Judith had some college education, which she claimed was enough to make her dangerous. She was disabled, but never let that define her. Instead, she used her wit and humor to navigate life's challenges.

Her interests were as diverse as they were unique. She had a fascination with lighthouses, which she said were like her - standing tall and guiding those lost at sea. She loved dolphins for their playful nature and horses for their majestic beauty. She collected figurines, each one representing a cherished memory or a loved one. And then there was her inexplicable love for the Denver Broncos. As she often joked, "I don't know why I love them, I just do. Maybe it's the colors."

In the words of the great comedian Robin Williams, "You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." Judith embodied this quote, living her life with a spark of madness that brought joy and laughter to those around her. She was selfless, always putting others before herself, thoughtful, always considering how her actions would affect those around her, and loving, always showing her family and friends how much she cared.

Judith Chiles was a woman who lived her life with humor and grace, who loved deeply and laughed often. She will be remembered for her selfless love, her thoughtful nature, and her infectious laughter. She leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter that will continue to bring joy to those who knew her. She will be deeply missed, but her spirit will live on in the stories told, the jokes shared, and the memories cherished.

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