Judith Ann Nims, 77, of Raleigh, NC and Washington Court House, Ohio passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 5:38 p.m. shortly after arrival at Fayette County Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 7, 1940, to James Crews Rash, Jr. and Ruth Marie Green Rash.  Judy grew up in Troy, Ohio, attended Western College for Women and later, married her high school sweetheart and settled in Columbus, Ohio.

She was first and foremost a mother and forever supporter and cheerleader of her three children and devoted her life to being there for them.  She was a cherished “Oma” to 12 grandchildren and lovingly excelled in knitting “night nights” and sweaters for all of them!  She spent hours sitting, reading, listening, laughing and tickling with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed her work and years spent in the libraries of the Upper Arlington school system.

Judy will be remembered for her smiling, warm and cheerful disposition. She knew no stranger and made friends everywhere she went.  She was an avid reader and loved attending the arts, watching her Ohio State Buckeyes, feeding all kinds of birds, going to the movies with her core group of friends, the “Golden Girls,” and had a special bond with her beloved yorkie-poo, Phoebe.

She was preceded in death by her ex-husband and good friend, Tom Nims and a granddaughter, Holland Nims.

Judy is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas James and Sandra Nims of Dunwoody, GA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Katherine Marie and Brett Joseph of Washington Court House, OH and Jennifer Ruth and Charles Winston, Jr. of Raleigh, NC; 11 grandchildren: Davis, Turner and McKenna Nims, Carson and Sydney Cramer, Kamryn, Zane and Madison Joseph and Ruth Anne, Charlie and Georgia Winston and a younger sister, Sally Lea O’Connell (and family) of Houston, TX.

A memorial service has been scheduled for Monday, May 7, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Raleigh, NC.

Memorial contributions may be given to the ASPCA at www.aspca.org/donate .

To share memories or condolences, please visit www.kirkpatrickfuneralhome.com .


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  • Ann Badger says:

    Dear Family,
    I’m so sad to hear this news. Just this year I meant to try and find Judy’s email to reach out to her. She was beloved by my mother, Marjorie Badger. They became good friends while working together in the library at Wickliffe. After my mother passed in2005, Judy hosted a dinner for me at her house on Edgevale (?), to lend support and love. She was kind and sweet and generous, and I know you will miss her terribly. I send Love and Peace for her soul and comfort for you all. Many Blessings. ~Ann

    • Anonymous says:

      Ann, You are so kind to reach out and send this message!! We all remember Mrs. Badger well (she was Librarian to all 3 of us at Wickliffe) Mom sure did LOVE her!! 🙂 I did not know about the dinner she did for you in ’05…that is very cool!!! She will certainly be missed by us all. Thank you for taking the time to send this! Very best, Jenny Nims Winston

  • Kim Chapman says:

    Tommy, Katie, and Jenny,
    I feel like I know all three of you and your families. I met your mom in the library at Barrington and we became good friends. We had so many dinners together and very long talks! I will never forget having dinner at Figlio’s when she told me she was moving to Raleigh. Or taking flowers to her when you moved to Raleigh. or her 60th surprise birthday party! so many wonderful memories. I’m so sorry for you all. She was such a wonderful person!

  • Gloria Simmons says:

    Dear Nims family, Judy will be missed by the Troy HS class of 1958. Judy served as class treasurer and she and Tom were one of a dozen couples who married a classmate. At one of our class of ’58 gatherings she related she was then looking for a care center for her dad in Troy area. Blessing to each family member. Gloria Rehmert Simmons

  • Thea "Leatherman" Barrett says:

    Judy and I were schoolmates for many years from elementary school thru high school. I cherish the times we spent together and I think of her often. I remember most the times I spent with her at her house on Main St. in Troy. One of our favorite things to do was to play Clue or Monopoly. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.-Thea

  • Grace and Dennis Feller says:

    To the family of Judy Nims: We send our sincerest sympathy to all of you. We have very fond memories of those days in the Bristol Road neighborhood. We will always remember Judy’s friendly and kind manner, and valued her friendship. So glad we had a time to share together at the Chef-O-Nette restaurant in Upper Arlington last year. With love and best regards, Grace and Dennis

  • Virginia A. Voorhees says:

    I meet Judy at Heywood Elementary School. I was her friend all through High School. I would see her at Reunions and she was just as sweet and nice as ever. I knew you dad as well living on the same street. He delivered our paper. I am sorry for you loss Nims children.

  • Margie Stelzer says:

    Dear Tom,Katie and Jenny :
    I was so sad to read of your mothers passing in the UA local news . I remember all of you and your mom and dad so well from the good old days at Wickliffe . It was such an upbeat experience when I would run into your mother now and then in Arlington . She was a beautiful person …so friendly and pleasant to talk to and always smiling . I will keep all of you in my thought and prayer .
    Fondly ,
    Margie and Larry Stelzer
    Molly, Larry , Kurt, Patsy and John

  • Martha Frisbie Saltzman says:

    To Judy’s Family: I’m so sorry for your loss. Judy and I were childhood friends and school mates in Troy. So many happy memories! We went to Italy together in 1957 (I think) on a prop plane to see my sister and brother-in-law. It was a big event back then and was written up in the newspaper. Judy helped the stewardesses when one of them got sick. We had a fabulous time! I was a bridesmaid in her wedding. Then, sadly, we lost touch and didn’t reconnect until our 50th high school reunion! I’m so grateful we did that. We had a few days together and a lot of fun. She was a dear friend. I’m so happy she was blessed with a big loving family.

  • Julie Estadt says:

    Dear family. My name won’t be familiar but I hired and trained Judy many years ago at Charles Merrill. She was bright, eager, diligent, a pleasure to work with, and a good friend. On one major occasion. another friend and I visited Judy at home to see her new baby boy, a winner called Tom. We also met a boxful of young kittens and their mom in her living room. Judy was a bit overwhelmed with a new baby and kittens to find homes for (just the kittens, of course). She wouldn’t let me take the baby, but I did end up with a kitten that night! That cat, named Pansy, lived to be 19 and became famous, or more correctly, infamous, in family lore. We talk about her to this day and, of course I remember Judy so fondly. My best to all of you at this sad time. Julie