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Julia M. "Judy" Thompson

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Family matriarch
It is with great sadness and deep sorrow that we share the loss of our beloved one, Julia "Judy" M. Thompson, of Tularosa, on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008.
Judy was born in White Plains, N.Y., Feb. 21, 1926, to Warren and Helen (McGeough) McConnell.
Judy is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Earl M. Thompson, of the family home; their four sons, Steve Thompson and his wife Joan, of San Diego, Charlie Thompson and his wife Bianca, of San Francisco, Earl Thompson and his wife Kathryn, of Woodbridge, Va., and Bob Thompson and his wife Cindy, of Oceanside, Calif. Judy is also survived by her sister, Ann Nancy, 79, of Las Cruces.
Judy was the proud grandmother of nine grandchildren: Shannon, 39, of San Diego, Paul, 36, of Gilbert, Ariz., Erica, 29, and Cristyn, 28, both of Albuquerque, Matt, 19, of Eugene, Ore., Cassidy, 19, of Mission Viejo, Calif., Courtney, 15, of Prescott, Ariz., and Julia, 10, and Chip, 8, both of San Francisco. She was also a great-grandmother to Christian, 10, Kaylee, 6, and Kai, 3.
Judy was raised in White Plains and the Bronx, New York City, where she attended parochial school. She was valedictorian of the Bronx School in 1940, and graduated from Walton High School in 1943. She went to college at Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vt., and graduated from Tobé-Coburn School for Fashion Careers in New York City in 1947.
She was editor of "The Briefing" magazine and recording secretory for the Officer's Wives' Club (OWC) in Montgomery, Ala., in 1963. She was elected president of the Norton Air Force Base, Calif., OWC in 1968. She received an award from the American National Red Cross for the "Project Shop" gift bag program sent to soldiers in Vietnam in 1967. Judy was also a contributing author in a regular column for the San Bernardino, Calif., Sun daily newspaper and editor of the OWC newsletter in the late 1960s.
Judy was also a consummate, world-class crossword puzzle devotee. She was a passionate bridge player, who often played in and won regional tournaments. She took great pride in her cooking. Meal-time was one of the important family traditions. An invitation to enjoy one of Judy's meals was like a winning lottery ticket for family, friends and acquaintances. Her husband, Earl, and all four sons had their favorite recipes, and she made sure these were served during family visits. Many of these are prized keepsakes that have been replicated, but never duplicated.
She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother who toiled endlessly in the living spirit of the family tradition. Judy never forgot a birthday. Christmas shopping was always completed months in advance. Each gift bore the unmistakable mark and unique personality for each gift recipient. Often these presents were purchased in far-away places, so nary a moment went by without caring thoughts for her loved ones.
She met her husband, Earl M. Thompson, at Tillson Lake, N.Y., and was married Aug. 15, 1948 in New York City. Their places of residence included Biloxi, Miss.; Brookline, Mass.; Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; Torrance, Calif.; Vandenberg AFB, California; Montgomery, Ala.; San Bernardino, Calif.; Holloman AFB, and Pueblo, Colo. They made their permanent residence in Tularosa in 1980.
After a brief stint at retirement, Judy and Earl became world travelers. They took cruises to Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean and three trips through the Panama Canal. They traveled to exotic locales including Morocco, Portugal, El Salvador, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Alaska, Gibraltar, England and Scotland. Judy and Earl also visited Italy, Australia and New Zealand several times each. They made Mazatlan, Mexico, a temporary home for several weeks each year, including a fabulous 50th wedding anniversary celebration in 1998 with sons, wives, grandchildren and other close relatives. This was one of the major highlights and one of the most memorable trips to honor the lineage of the Earl and Judy Thompson clan.
Judy Thompson created a lasting legacy with her husband, Earl. She will be forever missed and the family spirit that she cultivated and nurtured will continue into perpetuity.
Wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, we miss you deeply and we will love you forever!
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
A Scripture service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, at St. Francis de Paula Church, 750 St. Francis Drive in Tularosa.
A reception celebrating the life of Judy Thompson will be held following the Scripture service at 11 a.m., at Case de Sueños Restaurant, 35 St. Francis Drive, Tularosa.
Should friends desire, contributions in memory of Julia M. Thompson may be made to the American Cancer Society (800) 227-2345, www.cancer.org. Memorial envelopes are also available at the funeral home.
To send condolences to the family or sign the online guest book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 5 to Feb. 21, 2008
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