Judith Kunkle McCullough

Sunday 13th of November 1938 - Thursday 18th of November 2021

Judith Kunkle McCullough

Services

Memorial Visitation

Jan 9, 2022 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

Milward - Man O'War

1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington, KY

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Celebration of Life

Jan 9, 2022 (4:00 PM )

Milward - Man O'War

1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington, KY

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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 teaching.  


 

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 walk. 


 

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 morning.


 

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 end.


 

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.

 

Guest Book

Hope Hampton

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Dear Kathy, Susan, Lynn and Tyce, We were so sad to hear about your Mom. We loved her very much! Her visits to “the farm” to spend time with our Mom (Aunt Pat) were so fun for all of us. We loved listening to the stories of their childhood growing up on Kunkle Avenue. Your Mom loved so well, always demonstrating the love of Jesus to everyone she encountered. Such a glorious reunion in heaven!

2 days ago

Gina Biddle

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So sorry for your loss. Judy was a lovely woman. Prayers for your family.

1 week ago

Mindy and Grant Phelps

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Dearest Kathy and Sara, We are so sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother. Her light continues to shine in your beautifully written obituary. We’re sending you both love and prayers for peace. Mindy and Grant

1 week ago

Eileen Stansbury

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So very sorry for your families loss, I'll be thinking you and sending prayers up. May your mom rest in peace.

1 week ago

Brinegar Greer Buddy and Family

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Lynn, so very sorry for you and your family's loss may the Lord look over you and your family. If They are anything at all i can do please let me know.

1 week ago

Bridget Donnelly

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Kathryn, Susan, Lynn and Tyce I'm sorry you lost your mother. She looked so much like my grandmother/her sister June. Her obituary was beautiful, just like her - and just like I remember her from so long ago. Take care and cherish the memories.

1 week ago