Lynda (Lynn) J. Thompson, 79, of Merriam, Kansas passed away peacefully from this life in her home on January 22, 2023 with family by her side. She was born May 9, 1943 to Burke and Mildred Henderson in Kansas City, Missouri. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Pam and Dan Adams (Prairie Village, KS); her nephews, Brandon Adams and his partner, Annalisa Lee (Liberty, MO) and Josh Adams (Altadena, CA); her niece, Kate Adams (Prairie Village, KS); her grand nephews and grand niece, Shayne, Johnny and McKenzie.
Lynda was a 1961 graduate of Shawnee Mission North High School, Shawnee Mission, KS. She attended Baker University where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Fulfilling a dream to travel she earned her wings as flight attendant and later flight service manager for TWA. After 26 years of service, many fond memories and treasured friendships, Lynda retired marking the beginning of a new chapter. She especially enjoyed her paraprofessional years working with children in the Shawnee Mission School District. Equally treasured was her volunteer time spent at the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center known then as Shawnee Mission Medical Center.
Lynda’s generosity, joyful spirit and love of life will be missed by her family and many friends. She could serve a fabulous dinner, loved decorating for holidays, swimming, reading, sewing, crafts, mopeds and cats. She was also the life of the party which was usually held at her house. Many will remember her creative handmade Easter baskets and Christmas decorations she delivered throughout the neighborhood and beyond. She was a devoted member of Village Presbyterian Church, rarely missing a Sunday with her balcony groupies.
The family wishes to thank Lynda’s compassionate team of doctors and nurses, her brief but dedicated care from Phoenix Hospice and countless friends who sent their love. A celebration of her life will be held at Village Presbyterian Church located at 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS at 2:00 pm on Monday, February 20, followed immediately by a reception in the church’s Friendship Hall. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Village Presbyterian Church, Shawnee Mission School District, Phoenix Hospice or a charity of your choice.
She was a beloved friend whom I met in 4th grade. She was my son James God mother. I will miss her fun personally and the time we spent together. I will always love Lynda. ❤️
Pam and the entire Adams Family,
It broke my heart to learn of Lynn’s passing. The world needs more people like Lynn. She always had something good to say about everyone but I most enjoyed her delightfully wicked sense of humor. Such a fun person. I wish i had known her in our younger days as I heard she had some of the best parties.
Pam, you were a dream sister for the loving care and devotion you showed her to the end. God bless your family. I miss her so very much.
She was our sunshine many wonderful days at the pool! My grandson’s best memories playing with Pam’s grandbabies when they came to visit! She was fun always upbeat…God needed a extra Angel, she was a wonderful addition to our Edelweiss pool family! It was my honor and great pleasure to be her friend.
I was so sorry to learn of Lynn’s passing. We met through mutual friends decades ago and she became a dear friend. I spent so much time at her place over the years including many fun times with the Edelweiss gals sitting around the kitchen table or out on her deck or relaxing with a glass of wine in her hot tub. Her house was the central meeting place and she was always the most hospitable hostess one could ask for. She always had your drink of choice, snacks and treats on hand. Everyone kidded her on the amount of food she had in her pantry & fridge or the large pot she would have simmering on the stove. Her parties were legendary. Everyone loved Lynn and wanted to be around her bubbly personality and generous heart. She knew everyone’s family and never failed to ask about them. I flew on her flights many times and she would always “forget” to collect your money if you ordered an adult beverage and move you to first class if there was an open seat. She so loved her work with kids after her retirement from what she would call her “real job”. It is impossible to describe her generosity which she loved to spread secretly and often to friends and neighbors. Most of all Lynn loved her family and would always fill you in on the latest goings on. She will be missed as a dear friend who is irreplaceable.
My sympathy to her beautiful family.
Heaven just got a lot more lively!