Judith Anna Tudhope, a longtime resident of Ventura and Oxnard, died of natural causes on April 8, 2012, while vacationing with her family in Dijon, France.
Known to many of her friends as Jay or JZ, Judith was born on April 13, 1939, in Chicago, Ill., to Stephen and Katerina Zavodny. She was raised in Chicago by her uncle and aunt, Steve and Judita Kovar. She also spent many summers on the farm in Wisconsin with the family of her uncle and aunt, Martin and Anna Svetlik.
Judy graduated from Carl Schurz High School in 1957 and graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1961. After moving to California she worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Probation.
Following the birth of her son, she relocated to Ventura to raise her family. She later worked for the United States Postal Service as a window clerk in the Downtown and East Ventura branches, retiring in 2006.
She is survived by her mother, Katerina Hazucha, and her sister, Janet Campana, both of Romeoville, Ill.; her son and daughter-in-law, Stephen Tudhope and Marcie McTigue of Ventura; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Jill and Gary McKinsey of Diamond Bar; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Shannon and Joel Atmore of Grand Prairie, Texas. She loved her grandchildren Patrick Downey, John McKinsey, Justin Downey, Emily Atmore, Elizabeth Atmore, Shay Tudhope, and Neko Tudhope.
Judy considered herself a citizen of the world and was an avid traveler. Recent trips included China, India, Ireland, and France. Her positive outlook on life and her love of learning were well known by her many friends around the world. She enjoyed her local book clubs, art classes, French club, and volunteering in her granddaughters' elementary school.
She was also a big sports fan and supported her home teams from Chicago, but she will be particularly remembered as a loyal fan of the Los Angeles Lakers for more than 40 years.
Judy also had a strong passion for social justice and was an active member of the Amnesty International chapter in Ventura.
In lieu of flowers, her family suggests a donation to Amnesty International.
A celebration of Judy's life is planned for Saturday, May 26. Please contact her family for details.