Judith Stephens Thompson, 59, worked for nonprofits, RHS 1972

Judith Ann Thompson of Blue Springs, Mo., who grew up in Ridgefield, died Monday, Feb. 25, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs. She was 59.

Ms. Thompson was born Feb. 4, 1954, in San Francisco, Calif., daughter of David and Patricia Paoletti Stephens. She and her husband of 37 years, Paul Thompson, were married on June 29, 1975.

She graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1972 and attended Emporia State University, where she received a master of science degree in sociology.

During her career she worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Campfire, Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, and Newhouse women’s shelter.

“Her sense of humor and enthusiasm created wonderful memories for everyone,” her family said.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Valerie Thompson, and husband Garrick True of Kansas City; a son, Tyson Thompson, and friend Audrey Brady of Blue Springs; her mother, Patricia Stephens, of Connecticut; sisters Linda Green and husband Richard of Rhode Island, Christine Sorenson and husband George of Arizona, and Gayle Truax and husband Robert of Texas; brothers-in-law Philip Thompson and wife Cheryl of Kansas and Kenneth Thompson of Oklahoma; sister-in-law Sarah Gordon and husband Matthew of Kansas; and nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends starting at noon followed by a celebration service at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at Royer-Hays Funeral Home, Blue Springs. Contributions may be made to Newhouse of Kansas City or the United Way.