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Judith E. Gunning


Judith “Judy” E. Gunning, 85 of Carlinville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, at Carlinville Rehab & Health Care in Carlinville, IL.

Judy was born Aug. 17, 1938, in Carlinville, a daughter of Ralph Leslie and Forrest Fern (Caudle) Totsch.

Judy graduated from Carlinville High School with the class of 1956.

She married William “Bill” Howard Gunning, Sr., on June 29, 1957, in Hanna City, while Bill was on a 3-day pass. Their 66 year adventure together included 20 years of moving and living around the world while Bill served in the Air Force. They lived in Morocco, Germany, Michigan, Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois, New York, and New Mexico. They returned to Carlinville following Bill’s retirement from the Air Force in 1975.

Judy went to work at Betty’s Tea Pot, often going in at 3 a.m.

Judy enjoyed working her flower gardens.

Judy is survived by her husband, William Howard Gunning of Carlinville; sons, William Howard (Pat) Gunning, Jr. of Highland, Donald Dean (Trish) Gunning of San Antonio, TX; daughter, April L. Beagles of Carlinville; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; brother, Keith Totsch, Leslie (Sherrill) Totsch of Carlinville; several nieces and nephews.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Marvin Totsch, Kent Totsch, Lyndal Totsch, Gerald Totsch; sisters Patricia Lou Crawford and Nancy Strohbeck.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Carlinville Methodist Church. Funeral Service will follow at 11 a.m., with Reverend Jeremy Henson officiating.

Burial will follow in Mayfield Memorial Park Cemetery, Carlinville.

Memorials may be made to the Carlinville School Milk Fund.

Visit to leave condolences or light a candle in her memory.

Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville is in charge of arrangements.