Obituary for Ina Lea Kuehl of Pinehurst

Ina Lea “Judy” Kuehl, age 93 of Pinehurst, NC, passed away Friday, August 27, 2021 at Accordius Health in Aberdeen. God answered her prayer to leave this life while sleeping.

Born in Elkins, WV, she grew up on a farm near Franklin, WV and was the sixth of ten children born to Earlie and Monna Sponaugle Judy. On December 20, 1951 Judy married Dick Kuehl from Chicago, IL after only 20 days of courtship. Judy and Dick called several states home; Florida, Wisconsin, Missouri, Louisiana, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, Michigan and Ohio and ultimately retired to Pinehurst, NC in 1989.

Judy was the ultimate Mother and homemaker, always there for her children, supporting their various endeavors. She personally loved playing bridge everywhere she lived. In Baton Rouge, LA she was a bowler. In Canada and Michigan she curled and in retirement she took up golfing, often with her husband but also independently with new friends. She had several bridge groups to keep her busy and enjoy retirement. So many of those friends have now passed on.

Judy is survived by her husband of 69 years Richard “Dick” Kuehl; three children: Diane DePeder (Nicholas), Kennesaw, GA; Dale Kuehl (Nichole), Evans, GA; Kathryn Carmer (David), Cary, NC; and seven grandchildren: Matthew and Michael DePeder, Charlotte, NC; Evan, Logan and Adam Kuehl, Evans, GA; Dakota and Sydney Carmer, Cary, NC.

Her four remaining siblings: Gayle Judy (Hester), Luray, VA; Earl Judy, Castleton, VA; Patricia Sponaugle, Harrisonburg, VA; Gary Judy (Carole Faye), Glasgow, VA. Her five deceased siblings: Guy Judy, Richard Judy, Ethel Judy Hall; Kermit Judy; and Bernice Judy Fortner.

The family will welcome and reminisce with friends in their church’s Atrium on Saturday, September 4, 2021 between 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Their church is Brownson Memorial Presbyterian, 330 May Street South, Southern Pines, NC. Following this casual hour will be an open Committal Service at Pinelawn Memorial Park, 1105 Morganton Road, Southern Pines, NC where Judy will be interred in the mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to:

Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church

330 May Street South

Southern Pines, NC 28387


Alzheimer’s Association

225 Michigan Ave North

Chicago, IL 60601

Services are entrusted to Powell Funeral Home.

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