Joan "Judy" Helen Richert Thomson October 23, 1929 - November 27, 2013 Joan "Judy" Helen Richert Thomson passed away quietly at the age of 84 on November 27, 2013 in Bakersfield, CA. She was born to George Leo Richert and Helen Rose McDermott in Youngstown, Ohio on October 23, 1929. As a child she traveled extensively with her parents throughout South and Central America and attended high school in Mexico City. She attended Stanford University, where she met her husband John Thomson in the Geology Department. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Geology she worked for Shell Oil in Oklahoma City. She and John married on May 24, 1953 in Pasadena and lived in Palo Alto where he was finishing his masters degree at Stanford. They moved to Santa Barbara where she was a stay-at-home mom, and later to Bakersfield, where she became a teacher. She taught for thirty years, in Bakersfield schools such as Vineland and OLPH, as well as Cecil Avenue School and Fremont School (21 years) in Delano in the areas of math, science, Spanish, and ceramics. She also founded the Rocket Club and the Leather Club at Fremont School, touching the lives of thousands of students. Judy loved saving animals and collecting dolls and antique toys. She was a fantastic artist and she designed, built, and landscaped several homes, beginning with her first in Santa Barbara. For the last four years she had been an invalid, taken care of at home by her son Hugh and his girlfriend Michelle. She loved her children and grandchildren, and was loved in return. She was amazingly talented and gifted, and will be sorely missed. She was survived by her son Andrew Thomson and his wife Moira, daughter Helenmary Wendy Turner and her husband Gary, and son Hugh Alan Thomson and girlfriend Michelle Zuniga, grandchildren Celeste, Hewlett, Bruce, Holly, Morgan, Ian, and Kelsey. She is preceded in death by her parents, John Thomson and eldest son Bruce John Thomson. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Greenlawn Memorial Park. www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 6, 2013