judithstanleycoleman110807Judith Stanley Coleman at the opening of the Tiffany store in Red Bank in November, 2007. (Click to enlarge)

Judith Stanley Coleman, an ardent land conservationist and philanthropist from Middletown, died Sunday, according to an announcement today by the Monmouth County Historical Association, of whose board she was president.

Here’s the full announcement:

All of us at the Monmouth County Historical Association are deeply saddened by the loss of our President Judith Stanley Coleman, whose leadership, passion for history and vision strengthened our organization and our presence in the community.  Mrs. Coleman was a Trustee of the Historical Association for forty-three years and served as President for thirteen of those years until the present.  She lead by example through her generosity of spirit and extraordinary commitment of time to us and to all of the other charities she served.  Mrs. Coleman recognized the importance of history, both culturally and politically, with deep appreciation of Monmouth County’s heritage as well as our nation’s history.  Her legacy of public service and communtiy activism will long serve as inspriration to us and those yet to come.

The group says on it’s Facebook page that the county museum and library in Freehold and all historic houses will be closed on Friday, August 6 so staffers can pay their respects.

She was also president of the Visiting Nurses Association Of Central NJ and a longtime chairwoman of the Middletown Planning Board.