Jude grew up surrounded by creative and artistic people and has always enjoyed working with her hands.
She taught in public and private schools for many years and also served as an elementary principal.
She has sewn clothing, made quilts, stitched many types of needlework, remodeled and decorated several houses, planted gardens, and painted with watercolors and pastels. She is largely a self-taught artist and enjoys taking art classes at Berea College and EKU. A life-long musician, she has sung in and directed children and adult choirs and has served as a church pianist for most of her adult life. Jude and her husband, John, have four adult children and seven grandchildren. She lives in beautiful Berea, Kentucky.