Z. Jeweldene “Jeri” Thompson passed away peacefully in Arvada, CO. Jeri was born in Greenwood, Arkansas to Olan and Eva Nelms but spent most of her life in Southern California where she was a travel agent and the owner of Jeri’s Travel and Tours. Her love of travel was second only to her love of her 4 children and 3 grandchildren. She was very involved in the AFS (American Field Service) student exchange program and enjoyed traveling around the world. At age 57, she successfully climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. She was preceded in death by her parents and her AFS son, Hugo Barcia of Argentina. She is survived by her children, David Thompson of Santee, CA, Debbie Thompson of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, Dennis (Chris) Thompson of Coronado, CA , Phyllis Watwood of Denver, CO, her sister Jean Sweeney of Texas and her grandchildren, Tracee Cummings, Travis Cummings and Matthew Watwood. Services will be held next summer in Southern California. The Family requests donations to the Doak Walker Care Center where Jeri was a resident for 2 years or the Exempla Colorado Lutheran home.