Judith Cloughen, peace activist

Judith Cloughen, a Holy Land peace activist and former Ten Thousand Villages manager, died of multiple myeloma Friday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Towson resident was 66.

Born Judith "Judy" Elizabeth Huntress in Portland, Maine, she was the daughter of Carroll Huntress, an athletic coach, and Elizabeth Curran, an English teacher. Raised in Lewisburg, Pa., she earned an English degree from Bucknell University.

She later lived in New Haven, Conn., where she met her future husband, the Rev. Charles Edward Cloughen Jr., the former rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Providence Road in Towson. He is now director of planned giving, stewardship and development for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

After moving to Maryland in 1986, Mrs. Cloughen worked at insurance firms, including Prudential and Kaiser Permanente, where she was sales director.

She and her husband traveled to the Palestinian territory, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. She became interested in the culture, people and arts of Palestine.

"She also developed a deep passion and commitment to conflict resolution and peace there," said her daughter, Tamara Croft, a Towson resident.

Mrs. Cloughen later opened a store she named Presence in Sparks. She imported handmade pottery, embroidery and olive wood Nativity sets from the Holy Land. She was later a manager at Ten Thousand Villages, a Towson fair-trade store.

"This was her dream job because it incorporated working with cultures," said her daughter.

Mrs. Cloughen was a member of the board of ERICA, or the Episcopal Refugee and Immigrant Center Alliance. She was also active in the House of Ruth and Women at the Well.

A life celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway, where she was a member.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include her husband of nearly 30 years; another daughter, Teresa Keeley of Lewisburg; a stepson, Charles E. Cloughen III of Annapolis; a stepdaughter, Wendy Cunningham of Towson; her parents, both of Dallas; a brother, Peter Huntress of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Shari Stewart of Lexington, Ky., and Pamela Huntress of Dallas; and eight grandchildren.


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