Funeral services will be held Wednesday for longtime Warren County Family Court Judge Margaret Huddleston. She passed away last week from a recurrence of cancer.
In her work with the Family Enrichment Center in Warren County, Denise Lambrianou helps recruit foster and adoptive parents for the state of Kentucky. She is also the adoptive mother of four boys. Judge Huddleston finalized the adoptions on two of her children.
Lambrianou remembers the judge as tough, who had to be for her line of work, but she also recalls her softer side.
"Being a family court judge is probably one of the hardest things in the world, so to get to see families start out on a happy note, I think gave her a lot of joy," recalls Lambrianou. "You could just see it in her eyes. She was so happy for the child and the family that was getting to become a family."
Lambrianou says her boys still have the stuffed teddy bears Judge Huddleston gave them on adoption day. She also made it a custom to let children take her seat behind the bench and pose for pictures.
Huddleston was the first female circuit judge in Warren County whose work is credited for improving the lives of countless children.