OBITUARY: Judi Thomas
Thomas, Judi Dec. 20, 1958 – Feb. 23, 2012
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Judi. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Judi passed away peacefully with her family by her side.
Judi was born in Trail, BC, the third child and only daughter of Alex and Mary Wishlow. She grew up in the loving care of a large extended family. She left her family home in Creston to attend university and in 1984 was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of B.C. Judi then joined the IBM Corporation and quickly rose to the executive ranks, which at the time was a rare achievement for a female.
In May, 1991 Judi embarked on a new career, that of a devoted mother of two rambunctious boys. For the remainder of her life she dedicated her time, energy and boundless love to her children.
Judi had an infectious love of life. She was always ready and willing to re-invent herself and try new things and in doing so, inspired those she touched to do the same. Outside her family, her greatest passions were competitive volleyball and singing. One of the greatest joys of her life was the time she spent performing and recording music with Trillium.
Judi is pre-deceased by her mother Mary. She is survived by her husband Kelly, sons Sean and Ryan, father Alex, brothers Don, Frank and Kevin, her incomparable aunt Julia, brothers-in-law Tony and Rose Thomas, Ted and Kate Thomas , sister-in-law Patti and Yves Gendron, nieces Jocelyn and Michelle and great niece Eve.
A celebration of Judi’s life will be held on March 3 at 2:00 p.m. at the Christina Lake Community Hall, 90 Park Rd. Internment at the Grand Forks Cemetery followed by a reception at the Christina Lake Hall. Funeral arrangements administered by the Grand Forks Funeral Home.
Our deepest appreciation to Dr. Karen Gelman, the nurses at the Chemo Therapy Unit of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, Arjan Stolker and all of our friends and relatives, too many to mention, for all they did for our Judi during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chemo Therapy Unit of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, Trail B.C.
It is night. The night is for stillness. Let us be still. It is night after a long day. What has been done is done. What has not been done has not been done. Let it be. The night is quiet. Let the stillness of the peace enfold us, all who are dear to us and all who have no peace. The night heralds the dawn. Let us look expectantly to a new day, new joys and new possibilities.