Champion of the Month

Judy Carmichael Share

Oct 3, 2019  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Judy Arm­strong Carmichael was born in Mar­i­on and has since been a devot­ed res­i­dent for 75 years this Octo­ber (2019). After grad­u­at­ing from Mar­i­on High School, she became a licensed Activ­i­ties Direc­tor for Brand­ner Vil­lage which lat­er became Miller’s Mer­ry Manor. She then began a career in the pub­lic sec­tor as Grant Coun­ty Audi­tor, and also served as an elect­ed offi­cial on the Grant Coun­ty Council. 

Carmichael has a long­stand­ing his­to­ry of serv­ing the com­mu­ni­ty through vol­un­teer­ing, main­ly with her neigh­bor­hood asso­ci­a­tion. With encour­age­ment and assis­tance from the City of Mar­i­on and her church, 8th Street Wes­leyan, Carmichael estab­lished the West Point Neigh­bor­hood Asso­ci­a­tion in late 2007. She has served as their pres­i­dent to present date, and has led the coor­di­na­tion of neigh­bor­hood din­ners, cleanups, meet­ings, and more. Carmichael was influ­en­tial in the cleanup of the prop­er­ty that once served the Mar­i­on Mal­leable Foundry before it closed back in 1977. The West Point Neigh­bor­hood Asso­ci­a­tion has since worked close­ly with the City of Mar­i­on to ensure pri­vate prop­er­ty and city right-of-way con­cerns are being addressed effi­cient­ly. The enthu­si­asm the West Point com­mu­ni­ty shows is infec­tious due large­ly to Carmichael’s dri­ve and cre­ativ­i­ty. On Sep­tem­ber 28th, 2019, the neigh­bor­hood held a cleanup, with a parade the pre­ced­ing week. An MFD fire truck with lights and sirens led a small pro­ces­sion of vehi­cles with folks hand­ing out fliers to spread the word of the cleanup. The cleanup proved suc­cess­ful with lots of par­tic­i­pa­tion. Carmichael said she was inspired by a mem­o­ry of when her moth­er would hold a parade for Bible school, and in turn, want­ed to bring the same excite­ment she felt as a child. 

Carmichael has also been a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, a soft­ball coach through the Police Ath­let­ic League (PAL) Club, and has also served with the Rotary and Kiwa­nis Clubs of Marion.

Beyond ded­i­ca­tion to her neigh­bor­hood, Carmichael donates time to 8th Street Wes­leyan Church, bring­ing in many area church­es for month­ly Hymn Sings. She also devotes much of her time to her hus­band and fam­i­ly of three chil­dren, sev­en grand­chil­dren, and three great-grandchildren.

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