Bowling Green attorney Dick Downey was chosen from among three nominees to fill the remaining term of the late Margaret Huddleston as Warren Circuit Family Court judge.
Downey will serve as judge for the remainder of the year.
The other two nominees, Bowling Green attorneys David Lanphear and Rebecca Simpson, are among a group of six candidates who are running to be elected to the seat in November's general election. Downey is not running in that election.
Downey has practiced law in Bowling Green and Franklin and was the chairman of the board of directors of Kentucky Legal Aid for 15 years. The names of the three nominees were forwarded to Governor Beshear just last Friday by a nominating commission headed by Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton, a Bowling Green native.
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.
Funeral arrangements have been announced for Margaret Mary Ryan Huddleston, the Warren County Circuit Family Court Judge who passed away Friday after a battle with cancer.
A funeral mass for Judge Huddleston will begin at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Bowling Green with burial to follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the J. C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel.
Visitation will continue on Wednesday in the Pentecost Room at Holy Spirit Catholic Church from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Margaret Ryan Huddleston Scholarship Fund, c/o Independence Bank, 1950 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42104 or to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of South Central KY, Inc., P.O. Box 867, Bowling Green, KY 42102.
Warren County Circuit Family Court Judge Margaret Mary Ryan Huddleston passed away Friday at the age of 64 following a battle with cancer.
Judge Huddleston presided over the Warren County Circuit Family Court, Division III since her appointment by Governor Paul Patton in 1998, her subsequent election in 1999, and re-election in 2007.
Huddleston also served as Chief Judge from 2003 to 2005. She was the first female to serve as a circuit judge in the over two hundred year existence of the Warren Circuit Court.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Huddleston took medical leave from the bench in November after being diagnosed with a reoccurrence of cancer. She was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2003. Following ten years of remission, doctors determined that the cancer had metastasized in her lungs.
A Warren County Circuit Court Judge is taking a medical leave after being diagnosed with a reoccurrence of cancer.
Judge Margaret Huddleston says she will start chemotherapy immediately with a goal of returning to the bench by the first of 2014. She will not seek another eight-year term on the bench after her current term is completed.
Judge Huddleston was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2003. Following ten years of remission, doctors recently determined that the cancer had metastasized in her lungs.
Huddleston has presided over the Warren County Circuit Family Court, Division III, since being appointed to the bench by then-Governor Paul Patton in 1998. She won election to the bench in 1999 and was re-elected in 2007.