Judy Laughlin Sander, 67, a resident of Weatherby Lake, MO since 1975, passed away December 7, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Kansas City, MO on November 18, 1944. Her family moved to Springfield, MO and later moved back to Kansas City where she attended Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Scarritt Grade School, Northeast High School, Kansas City Junior College and UMKC.
She married Jim Sander, whom she had known since second grade on April 1, 1967 in Independence, MO. Judy taught in the Kansas City, MO School District for seven years; worked at the Plaza Library in the children’s dept., Graden Library and was a librarian at Winnetonka High School in the North Kansas City School District for 20 years before she retired in 2005. She was a member of North Kansas City American Federation of Teachers, Missouri Association of School Librarians, and North Kansas City Librarians Association. She loved her family, reading, animals, music, living at Weatherby Lake and walking the trails in Weston State Park. Judy was active in the Race for the Cure and the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation.
Survivors include her husband, Jim; daughters, Amy Sander, Lara Sander, Joy Gogan and her husband, Kevin Gogan; grandsons, Max and Connor Gogan; and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Larita and Ethan Laughlin; siblings, Wanda Byrd, Margaret Roberts and Johnny Dale Laughlin. Judy will be greatly missed by her family, friends and beloved pets, Reggie and Pépe. The family would like to thank the staff at: St. Luke’s North, especially, our dear friend Marsha, St. Luke’s Cancer Center and NorthCare Hospice House.
A memorial service celebrating Judy’s life will be held 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at the Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jim Gordon officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-6:30 p.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions are suggested to The Pet Connection Animal Shelter or the American Cancer Society and may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152. Memories of Judy and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.