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Judy Ann Jones, 58, gave the world one last day of wit and sarcasm on Easter Sunday and passed away that evening, April 5, 2015. Born in San Diego, CA, Judy was raised in Wichita, KS, and attended Wichita West High School. She was very active in athletics, lettering numerous times. After high school she attended Kansas University and studied languages, amassing enough credits to graduate twice and become fluent in four languages. Judy was a Jayhawk fan her entire life and attended the 2008 basketball final to witness her alma mater win the national championship. Judy was a unique individual and, as all her friends know, could be stubborn at times. In the 70's she heated her home with wood and cooked gourmet meals on a wood stove to prove she could do it. After refusing to use computers when they were becoming popular, once she decided they were okay after all, she then embraced technology and went on to become an IT professional. On the other hand, Judy was an early adopter of social media, long before Facebook and Twitter, using it to further her knowledge and meet new friends. As an animal lover she became a vegan years before anyone knew what it was. Always a strong defender of social causes, Judy spoke her mind about what she believed was right, and followed up with actions. Judy was a lover of good food and an excellent cook. She traveled to Europe six times, using her language skills to enhance her knowledge of foods from around the world. Judy was a member of the eGullet Society for Culinary Arts and Letters, and hosted their annual gathering in Kansas City in July of 2009 for over 100 people. She used her culinary knowledge to write about food and advised several young chefs who were starting some of Kansas City's finest restaurants. Judy continued her love of cooking and eating good food her entire life. Judy, from Lake of the Forest, Kansas, is survived by her partner of 28 years, Nick Moos, her cats, Sox and Woodstock, her brother, Joe Jones of Bethany, OK., and numerous friends from throughout the country. Judy was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Gardner Jones of Wichita, KS. A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Lake of the Forest clubhouse. If you wish to make a donation, please donate to the Judy A. Jones, Lung Transplant Fund, c/o University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS. *This obituary loving prepared by her partner Nick and friends, but if Judy was alive she would severely edit and redact this work. All of you who knew Judy know she would.

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Published in Kansas City Star on Apr. 12, 2015.
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May 12, 2015
I am so very sorry to hear of Judy's passing. She was an amazing woman who touched so many lives. I know she will be greatly missed by you Nick and all those who loved her and cheered her on during the tough times.
Carol Sullivan
May 8, 2015
At the eGullet KC event that she hosted.
I am so, so sorry. Judy was a class act all the way, smart as a whip, and funny as hell. I hope she and Chef John and Chef Omar are cooking up some amazing meals up there!
Katje Sabin
May 2, 2015
Sad she is gone. Will miss her and am so sorry for your loss.
kim grimes
April 29, 2015
Judy and I used to push the boundaries of humor in German class at West, but one of my favorite memories of her was when we were at KU, she and I ran into each other in an overnight ticket line outside Allen Fieldhouse getting tickets for visiting family and friends. It was BITTER cold, and there was this sleeping bag that another friend of mine and I kept swapping through the night. In the morning when they let us in, Judy comes over and starts rolling up the bag. I said, That's yours? Why didn't you say something? Judy laughed and said, You looked worse for wear and needed it. I still marvel at the memory. That was Judy. It was a privilege to have known her.
Steve Woodward
April 25, 2015
I am so sorry to learn of Judy's passing. I will miss her. I visited with her at bJH rehab and always admired her spirit and humor.
Peggy Getman
April 17, 2015
Please accept my condolences for your loss. During times of grief, please allow God to comfort you and your family for he truly understands what you are going through.(Psalms 72:12-14)
April 16, 2015
What a perfect obituary for a one-of-a-kind gal!! Judy's witty comments will be greatly missed - she always told it like it was!! Miss you already fellow Pioneer & Jayhawk!!
Patti & Jeff Ayesh
April 15, 2015
A brilliant lady. The world has lost a great wit, a true artist.
Charles Ferruzza
April 14, 2015
The first time I met Judy Jones was on a beautiful sunny evening out on her deck overlooking the lake. Nick and I had been playing golf and he sprung me on Judy much like the child bringing home an abandoned puppy. We noshed and consumed cocktails and soon discovered we shared several passions; predominately cooking, dining, and gardening. Her acerbic comebacks kept me on my toes and our bantering continued while the cocktails flowed. At some point in the conversation I uttered some inebriated politically incorrect statement, where by Judy just harrumphed, gave me a disgusted look, and dumped the contents of her cocktail on my head. Nick about choked on his cigar from the look on my face and I truly loved Judy from that moment on..... Rest in peace Judy, you were great friend and I'm gonna miss you tremendously.
Tom Lilley
April 14, 2015
Judy was one for the books..all kinds of books. Such an eclectic being. So graceful, humorous, smart, quick witted..Just a joy to chat with. Blessed be all the love of Judy and the love of all of thee..
Susan Griggs
April 14, 2015
Nick - I am so sorry to hear of Judy's passing. My thoughts are with you across the miles and years.
Dave Ridgway
April 13, 2015
We are without words. So tragic and sad. RIP Todd & Debbie Murrell
April 13, 2015
Nicely done, Nick! Sending you lotsa love. xoxoxoxo
April 13, 2015
I was lucky enough to know Judy from the 'early days'-high school, college and then beyond. I envied her athleticism--a fellow team member, I watched from the end of the bench. Later on I realized how funny and genuine she was and I count myself lucky to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with Nick and her family.
April 13, 2015
My condolences to Nick. I was sad to hear of Judy's passing. You and she are in my heart, and are part of some of my happiest memories of our youth.
Mary Curtis
April 13, 2015
I wondered why the world felt emptier, and I thought it was just the "Easter Effect." Judy probably made more memories for her friends than about anyone I know. Is this where I quote Bob Hope?
Betsy Evans
April 13, 2015
I called Judy a "foodie" once. She was very nice about it, but I never did it again! I knew her best when we were much younger, pre-Nick. She was a very smart and kind lady.
Kay Pettit
April 13, 2015
I'm still reeling from the news. Judy kept all of us on our toes with her vast knowledge, point of view, and her ascerbic wit. We will all be challenged to find a way to fill the whole she has left in our hearts. Peace.
Marty Olson
April 12, 2015
Judy had a great sense of humor and was so much fun to be around. A truly wonderful and talented woman who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Frank & Jayni Carey
April 12, 2015
Judy, unsurpassed in your crafty sarcasm! You will be remembered often; thank you for providing so many memories over the years. We are lucky to have been a small part of your and Nick's journey.
Sending heart hugs to Nick. Love Wiles and Bemis
PS. we just knew her as Judy who brooked no BS, we didn't know all the other stuff. We should all write our obits before we go! Bemis
Cathy & Chuck Wiley & Bemis
April 12, 2015
Judy, you will be severely missed. -Kitty
April 12, 2015
I am never going to stop missing you, Judy. The world is always going to be a little more boring without you.
Michael Zimmerman
April 12, 2015
I will miss Judy's humor and sarcastic wit, both in person and on Facebook. Also her knowledge of food and restaurants as well as her umbrage at being called a "Foodie".
Phil Minkin
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