Thelma D. Cunningham, 76, who taught for 28 years in Alexandria public elementary schools before retiring in 2000 from James K. Polk Elementary School, died Jan. 31 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She was a Springfield resident.

She had complications from pneumonia, said her daughter, Kelly Collins.

After retiring, Mrs. Cunningham worked as a substitute teacher for the school system until 2012.

She was born Thelma Dean Rednour and was a native of Collinsville, Ill. She was a 1968 graduate of Southern Illinois University. She moved to the Washington area in 1970 and received a master’s degree in teaching from George Mason University in 1977.

Her husband of 24 years, Robert Cunningham, died in 1982. Survivors include two children, Robert Cunningham Jr. of Annandale and Kelly Collins of Manassas; a brother; a sister; and three granddaughters.

— Megan McDonough