Judy Kay Thies, 77, Luverne, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A funeral was Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Luverne United Methodist Church. Burial followed at the Salem Cemetery near Pipestone.
Judy Jones was born on June 16, 1939, to Kenneth and Beulah (Gochnour) Jones in Chester, South Dakota. She attended school in Egan, South Dakota, graduating in 1957. That following summer Judy traveled and went to work in Rockerville, South Dakota. She then attended General Beadle Teacher’s School in Madison, South Dakota.
On Aug. 9, 1959, Judy married John Thies at the Presbyterian Church in Pipestone. The couple lived in Pipestone for the next 19 years. While raising their young family, Judy also cared for other children. When her children reached school age, Judy began working as a paraprofessional for Pipestone Schools.
In 1978 their family moved to Luverne. Judy continued to work in Pipestone for a couple of years before working in the same capacity for Luverne Schools. Throughout the years she also helped John at Sturdevant’s Auto Parts. Judy became very involved in leading the Luverne AFS student exchange program, and the Thieses hosted several young adults. Judy started and organized an annual AFS weekend in Luverne where their family and others hosted exchange students from other countries. Additionally, she was instrumental in developing the annual winter carnival for the Luverne Music Boosters. Judy retired in 1998; however, she continued to stay active with AFS and other community groups during her retirement years.
Judy was a member of the United Methodist Church in Luverne and a past member of Salem United Methodist Church in Pipestone. She served as president of the local Girl Scouts and volunteered at their day camps. She was a member of the Luverne Red Hat group and enjoyed her coffee club. Judy was a skilled cook and baker. She cherished her family and enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s events and activities.
Judy is survived by her husband; her children, Terry (Lisa) Thies, Minnetonka, Jeffrey (Jeanne) Thies, Chaska, Kimberly (Jonathan) Mulder, Katy, Texas, and Shelly (Marty) Wold, New Richmond, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and her brother, Jackie Jones of Mesa, Arizona, as well as her AFS children, Maria Fernanda Aparicio Trana, Angela Milena Arias, Paulo Arias, Ana Milena Arias, and Rhonda Cree-Knight.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Joy Lacher and Jimmy Jones.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.