Judith L. Thornbrugh, 78, passed away, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at the Olathe Hospice House.
Her life was celebrated Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at the Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home in Lebo. Burial followed services at Pleasant View Cemetery in Agricola. Condolences may be expressed at vanarsdalefs.com.
She was born Nov. 7, 1940, in Williamsburg, Kansas, the daughter of Lee Eldon and Nona Martin Van Valkenburg. Judith was raised in the Williamsburg area and attended Williamsburg High School.
Judith married the love of her life, James Franklin Thornbrugh, on Oct. 16, 1957 in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. During the early years of marriage, Judith concentrated her time in raising her children. While they were young, she worked at Parmalee’s in Ottawa making eyeglass frames. In 1969, Judith and James moved their family to Waverly and she became a full-time homemaker.
She seemed to always keep busy and enjoyed needle point, cross stitch and knitting. Judith and James attended the Williamsburg United Methodist Church.
On Oct. 5, 2017, James preceded her in death just days before their 60th wedding anniversary. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Mark Thornbrugh, in 1986, and Larry Thornbrugh on Jan. 14, 2019.
Judith will live on in the hearts of her sons, Dale Thornbrugh, of Waverly; Robert Thornbrugh and his wife, Mary, of Agricola; sister, Sue Stevenson, of Crest View, Florida; brother, Harry Van Valkenburg, of Independence, Missouri; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.