PHILADELPHIA, PA. and MANSET — Judith J. Thompson, 79, longtime summer resident of Manset, died Oct. 21, 2012, in Philadelphia after a one-year battle with cancer.
She was born Judith Johnson at the family home in Manitowoc, Wis. Her parents, Tom and Nelle, owned a shoe store. This provided a comfortable childhood for Judi and her older brother, Thomas “Mac” Johnson, even though they were growing up during the Great Depression. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc, and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1955. Judi moved to Manhattan, where she worked in advertising, and met and married Rogers H. Woods Jr. in 1957. The couple remained in New York for the next several years, and then moved to Philadelphia. A son, Rogers H. Woods III, was born in 1961, and she was widowed in 1964. In 1967, Judi married Charles I. Thompson Jr., an attorney who had three children of his own. Charlie’s family had been coming to MDI since the 1920s, and Judi immediately fell in love with Maine. Judi was well known for her fund-raising abilities, and her family remembers her frequently spending evenings on the phone after dinner, raising money for many organizations and projects. She spent many years volunteering with The Main Street Fair, which benefitted Chestnut Hill Hospital, and she eventually became its chairman. She also served on the boards of directors of Chestnut Hill Academy, Chestnut Hill Hospital, and The Pennsylvania School For The Deaf, for which her husband was president and chairman. Judi had diverse interests, including music, gardening and literature. She was a frequent patron of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She was also a member of the Philadelphia Garden Club. Her homes were filled with the latest novels, which she read during any spare moment. Her favorite times were tending her flowers on the deck in Manset, and watching the Internationals race in front of the house.
She was widowed again in 2004, when her husband succumbed after his own battle with cancer. She is survived by three sons, Charles, Robert and Rogers; a daughter, Nancy King; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 22 East Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia. Her ashes are to be scattered on the ocean in front of her home in Manset next summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thompson Fund for Improving Teaching, Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 100 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144.