Judith Kunkle McCullough, age
83, passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021, in Lexington, Kentucky.
Born in Indiana, Pennsylvania
on November 13,1938, Judy was the daugter of the late Ralph Kunkle and Martha
Gilbert Kunkle. She is survived by her four children Kathryn McCullough (Sara),
Susan Reed (Tom), Lynn Ratajczak (Fred) and W Tyce McCullough III
(Alex), seven grandsons, five great grandchildren, her sister Peg Elder,
and dozens of nieces and nephews. Her husband, William Tyce
McCullough II, proceeded her in death, as did her sisters June Pegnetter, Pat
Lopresti, and Rebecca Petrie.
Judy was a woman of steadfast
faith, a dedicated mother, a loving wife, and devoted educator. She taught
third graders at Lexington Christian Academy, where she touched hundreds of
students’ lives with her traditional values and common sense approach to
Judy was a doer. She loved
walking and exercising and getting things done. Traveling back and forth to
Belgium regularly, she spent more than a decade, the bulk of her
retirement, as a caregiver and companion to her sister Rebecca.
Judy loved people: her church,
her friends and neighbors. When newcomers moved in or someone was in need, it
was Judy who reached out, cooking a pot of soup or steaming casserole.
However, God’s grace, manifest
in Monty and Scottie Lizer, enabled her to stay in her home longer than any
imagined. She’d welcomed them years before, but in the end, they loved and cared
for her, angels next door.
During the final years of her
life, Judy weathered Alzheimer’s with grace. It never stole her joy or her
boundless laughter. It never stole her urge to build a campfire or take a
During her last spring in
Lexington, she could no longer name the forsythia exploding in her yard or
recall how lilacs had smelled the year before, but she gloried in the yellow,
reveled in the sweet scent of those purple flowers decorating the bush out
back. Having forgotten the day before, she discovered the world anew each
Toward the end, she may have
lost the words for things, but never her passion for the thing itself, the
splash of water in her bath, the perch of cardinals in her Christmas tree, the
crunch of apple eaten with peanut butter.
Judy loved her little house. She
loved her children. But above all, she loved Jesus, who gave her peace in the
final weeks. In heaven now, she dances with her husband, laughs with her
sisters, and remembers 83 years of life well-lived. She recalls its tiniest
details, both the trivial and triumphant. She follows the grand arc of her
perfect history, how it reaches toward Jesus and bends toward heaven in the
There she sings, “Jesus loves
me, this I know,” but she sings it in the arms of Jesus himself. He thanks her
for a life of service and for her faithfulness to him. “Well done, my good and
faithful servant,” he says. “Well done."
Visitation for Judy will be
from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 9, 2022 at Milward – Man O’War located at 1509
Trent Blvd. A celebration of life will follow at 4:00 pm.
To share a remembrance of Judy
or to offer condolences to her family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.