The 74-year-old has been working at Ingleby Care Home, in Ingleby Barwick, for 22 years – as a domestic worker, then care assistant and eventually cook.
She started at the home, on Lamb Lane, in 1996, and began her care assistant training shortly afterwards, working in the role for years.
Five years ago, at 69 years of age, she moved into the kitchen to prepare home cooked meals for the residents.
She said: “It was good to make a change to cooking. I’ve always enjoyed it.
“I found it was an opportunity to make sure the residents had lovely things to eat, especially if they arrive at the home feeling poorly as we have to build up their strength.”
Judy is now passing on the torch to daughter, Alison Rogan, who works at the home as a night time care assistant.
She added: “At 74-years-old, I think it’s time I had a rest.”
Carol Singleton, home manager, said: “Judy will be missed by the residents and staff alike.
“She’s a dedicated worker and friend to everyone at the home. You couldn’t find a more caring, loyal person.”