Todd County Clerk Leslie Cunningham, who was diagnosed with cancer just a couple of months after taking office in January, has succumbed to her illness.

A resident of Clifty, Cunningham died Saturday at her home.

“Leslie was not only a colleague but a friend,” said Todd County Judge-Executive Todd Mansfield following her death. “We Todd Countians are saddened by this great loss.”

Mansfield said he has instructed all non-emergency county offices and the Todd County Courthouse to close at 11 Tuesday morning so that anyone who wants to attend the late clerk’s funeral services may do so. Additionally, the county clerk’s office will be closed on Monday and will remain closed all day Tuesday.

Visitation with the family is from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday at Todd County Funeral Home, Elkton. Services are at 1 Tuesday at the funeral home.

Angie Taylor, a co-worker and the county’s finance officer, said Cunningham had returned home Friday after a stay at Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville.

Cunningham, a Democrat, won election as clerk in November, defeating Republican Brad Powell in the general election. She had worked 13 years as a deputy clerk for Todd County before being named clerk, Taylor said.

Cunningham is survived by her husband, Shane Cunningham, and three children, sons Mason and Matthew Cunningham and daughter Kristen Cunningham.

The clerk’s office will reopen Wednesday.

Taylor said the judge-executive will appoint someone to serve as clerk until an election takes place. She said that office likely won't be up for election during the 2019 general election cycle, however.

 Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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