Judd family matriarch dies at 91

Published 4:43 pm Thursday, August 1, 2019

Pauline Judd was former Ashland city commissioner


ASHLAND — Pauline Oliver Judd, the matriarch of the region’s famous Judd family, has died.

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According to Steen Funeral Home in Ashland, who is handling arrangements, Judd died on Wednesday at age 91.

Pauline, who was better known as Polly, was a former Ashland city commissioner.

She was the mother of Naomi Judd and grandmother to Wynonna Judd, of country group The Judds, and grandmother to actress Ashley Judd.

State senator Robin Webb posted of Judd’s passing on her Facebook page Thursday afternoon.

“From the first time I met her years ago, it was apparent that she would be a source of advice, opinion, inspiration and friendship, and she was all of that and more,” Webb wrote. “We shared some good times, deep discussions and good shows and food! The true matriarch of the Judd’s has gone on to glory. Please remember the family in your thoughts and prayers. Our region has lost a great ambassador and the world has lost a firecracker of a spirited woman that we loved.”

Service details are pending with Steen Funeral Home.