Margaret Huddleston

Judge Margaret Huddleston answers questions from the back of her courtroom during Friday's Warren Family Court Child Abuse and Neglect Seminar: the Role of Child Protectors at the Warren County Justice Center in 2011. Huddleston lost her battle with cancer Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.

Longtime Warren Circuit Court Family Judge Margaret Huddleston, whose pioneering work on the bench included creating several initiatives to improve the living situations of at-risk children, died Friday after a battle with cancer.

Huddleston, 64, began her service as a family court judge in 1998, when she was appointed by then-Gov. Paul Patton. She became one of the earliest judges in the state to implement the family court program and the first female circuit judge in Warren County.

"Margaret has been recognized around Kentucky and around the country for her contributions to the development of the family court model," said Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton, of Bowling Green. "We're indebted to her for her leadership over the years ... . She was one of the people across the state that I would go to to provide guidance for how we should develop rules of practice."

Huddleston was among those who worked with Minton to develop uniform rules for Kentucky's family courts.

"Margaret was a substantial contributor to that, and the people of Warren County have lost a tremendous public servant," Minton said.

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