At the time of her death, she was preparing for Human Trafficking Lobby Day.

In an email, the Maryland Rescue and Restore Coalition wrote that "Judy was an inspiration to all of us as she brought light to a very dark topic, and did so in a way that continually encouraged others and built alliances."

Ms. Colligan was an active member of Kittamaqundi Community Church. In 1995, she founded and served as leader of the Columbia Mindfulness Group, where she taught meditation.

For many years, she also served on the board of the Bhavana Society Meditation Center, a Buddhist monastic community in High Point, W.Va., where she went for weekly meditation sessions.

"Judy was a very compassionate and flexible person, and that fits into our situation. She was full of joy and very far-sighted. She always wanted to help people," said Bhanta Gunaratana, a Buddhist monk and friend of 20 years.

She enjoyed following politics, ballroom dancing and performing in community theater.

"Judy was an activist, a social justice proponent, a seeker of truth, a crusader for compassion and a friend to the underdog," said Ms. Doyle.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at her church, 5410 Leaf Treader Way. At her request, her ashes will be spread at the Buddhist monastery in West Virginia.

Surviving are a son, George H. Colligan IV of Portland, Ore.; a daughter, Dana Lynn Colligan of Samara, Costa Rica; a brother, Russell Carter of Fredericksburg, Va.; and a grandson.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com