Judith Margaret Stephens

Stephens, Judith Margaret Age 86, of Minneapolis, MN died on July 7, 2012 surrounded by family. Born on July 21, 1926 in Burlington, IA to Warren Pomeroy and Hilda Mabley Clark. Survived by her loving husband of 63 years Dr. William Edward Stephens; daughters, Catherine Barbouletos of Kalispell, MT, Carol Stephens of Minneapolis, MN, Sarah Stephens of New York, NY, Lisa Neubauer of Racine, WI; 8 grand- children and one great-grandchild. Her younger sister Louise Woodward Clark preceded her in death. Judy graduated with a degree in humanities from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1948 on full scholarship and as a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. She and Bill, a senior medical student from Oconomowoc, WI, married in Burlington, IA the same year. They lived in Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, Newport, and Chicago before moving to Minneapolis in 1953. They resided in South Minneapolis raising their four girls for 34 years. Judy dedicated much of her life to furthering social causes, education, women's issues, and the arts. In 1969, she began a lifelong commitment to Planned Parenthood where she was elected to the Board of Directors, serving two terms as Chair and was a front-line counselor for 20 years. Her love of art brought her to the Mpls Institute of Arts, she served as a docent for 25 years with a specialized interest in Chinese Art. Her strong belief in education led her to involvement in the League of Women Voters, as well as teaching Great Books and English as a Second Language. She and Bill spent many summers together, and with family, at their cottage on Lake Sylvia near Annandale. Judy played tennis, enjoyed swimming, canoeing, and had a great love for the outdoors. She was an avid reader, had a keen interest in current politics, loved opera and classical music, travelled extensively and was an accomplished knitter. She cherished her many friends and family, and will be sorely missed. The memorial service will be held Monday (TODAY), July 9, 2012 at 2 pm at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Judy's name to Planned Parenthood or The Minneapolis Art Institute.