The Octagon House
in Washington, MI ~ circa 1860
About the Author
As Judy Anders was born and bred in
Judy holds an Associate degree in General Studies with a minor in Graphic and Commercial Art from
Over the years her varied interests have shaped her life. Judy has pursued many hobbies from painting to gardening, photography to genealogy, in addition to many other community pursuits. Her volunteer work and club activities cross from soccer and scouting, to Woman's organizations and Garden clubs. Her professional pursuits have been in the wide field of Graphic Art and until retirement, Interior Design and remodeling. Then of course there were the 8 years as a volunteer, including almost five years as President of Friends of the Octagon House, a life consuming passion. The book began life as a thesis paper for a college program but the research, writing and publication - which took almost three years - was done as a public tribute to those who have loved and been devoted to this Michigan architectural gem and Octagon followers around the country.
Judy and her husband Paul have been married over 50 years and have raised two sons. The oldest, Paul III, lives in
Judy and Paul currently reside in Bruce and although “retired” they keep busy with traveling, theater going, gardening, community service, remodeling projects, and family. Judy, at one time, served on the Board of Directors of Samaritan House and on the Christian Service Committee for Sts. John and Paul Catholic Church. She is past president of the Romeo Garden Club, and a member of the National Victorian Society of America, as well as the Michigan Division of VSA.
Judy is currently President of the Historic Memorials Society in Detroit, a tri-county historic preservation organization, thought to possibly be the oldest women's philanthropic organization in the area and the oldest Historic Preservation organization in the state of Michigan. Judy’s passion for architecture and history are combined in her greatest dream which is to complete her MA in Historic Preservation and since every year brings a new horizon, one never knows.