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Judith Ann (Cunningham) Hales

1943 - 2021

Wilmington, Ohio


Judith Ann “Judy” Cunningham Hales, 77, of Wilmington, died peacefully Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Cape May Retirement Village.  She was born September 16, 1943 in Portsmouth, Ohio, daughter of the late Earl J. Cunningham and Mary F. Cunningham.  She graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1961.  She earned a M. Ed. Degree in 1988 from Miami University and a B.S. Degree from The Ohio University.  She was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. 

Previously, she had been a substitute teacher for Wilmington City Schools and surrounding high schools, was a learning disabilities tutor in Clinton County, and had been an adjunct faculty member at Wright State University in developmental studies.  Previously, she also was a sales associate of the Borton-McDermott Company and Bennett Realty.  Judy also loved books and enjoyed working at the Books ‘N’ More bookstore.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Wilmington.

Judy is survived by her two children, Rick Bassler, of Columbus; Jennifer Bassler, of Wilmington, a brother, Dr. Richard Cunningham of Dublin and his wife Barbara; two nieces, Emily Ann (Mike) Nugent, Laura Ellen Cunningham; and many friends. 

Judy was an avid animal lover and rescued many special friends that were in need.  Memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Clinton County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1024, Wilmington, Ohio 45177.

The family will have a private graveside service that will be held later.  


Clinton County Humane Society
P.O. Box 1024, Wilmington OH 45177

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Lisa Keller

July 23, 2021 8:41 PM

Judy called me up some years ago to help her find a home for a recovered parvo puppy.  
We touched base on and off for the years after that as we had a mutual concern to help homeless dogs and cats locally.
We kept running into each other at the grocery store and so I am comforted that she was a woman of faith.

Joan Burge

July 16, 2021 4:20 PM

My deepest condolences to your family . Joan Burge

Stacy Brooks

July 15, 2021 7:05 PM

I will always remember Judy as a gentle and kind lady. Her love and compassion for animals was genuine.
My prayers are with her family.
God bless,
Stacy Brooks

Sondra Moore

July 15, 2021 10:00 AM

Hello my name is Sondra Moore and I taught with Judy at East Clinton High School. She was a very kind and gentle woman. Judy did love her dogs. She was an amazing woman.

Marilyn & Mike

July 14, 2021 7:45 PM

Dear Rick & Jennifer. Your Mom was a beautiful Soul. She always greeted us with a smile and treated us like a good friend. We will miss her. Marilyn & Mike Stanley 

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