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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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Karen Cunningham

September 17, 2021 2:06 PM

Judy was a dear friend to me, as well as my first cousin.  Throughout my childhood we had so much fun together.  I was able to visit her in October 2019, as well as in 2015.   Judy was beautiful and gentle, kind and funny, smart and compassionate..  I miss her dearly and send love to Jennifer and Rick, her children.     

Carole Cunningham Seibert

July 26, 2021 3:46 PM

Judy was such a beautiful and kind person, and she will be missed so much by our family.  Our prayers and love are with Jennifer and Rick.
Henrietta Cunningham Family 

Carole Cunningham Seibert

July 26, 2021 3:36 PM

Loosing my dear cousin Judy just breaks my heart, as we grew up neighbors as well as family and spent many days together.  Even though we been distanced by miles, we've often shared life stories by phone.  I love and will miss her very much.  Mike and I send our prayers and sympathy.   
Carole Cunningham Seibert

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

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