FITCHBURG - Judith M. (Murphy) Tata, 73, of Fitchburg died Sunday morning, Nov. 24, 2013, in the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester after an illness.
Judith was born in Athol, on Feb. 7, 1940, a daughter of the late James E. and Thelma I. (Collier) Murphy. She graduated from Athol High School in 1958 and attended Henry's School of Design.
She worked at Elgie's Beauty Shop and later for several local funeral homes. Judith was a fun and athletic person who had a passion for refinishing furniture.
She leaves her children, Rebecca Tata, Shawn M. Tata and Heidi Fitts; her seven grandchildren; her sister Mary Lou Schwab, and dear family friend Kristen Valliere.
She was predeceased by a son, Timothy Tata, brothers James B. Murphy and John P. Murphy; sisters Anne Casella and Kathleen Purple and her former husband, Dominic A. Tata.
A funeral service and burial will be held at a later date.
Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg, is directing arrangements.