Raleigh Co, WV

Obituaries for the Cunningham Family

Lucille S Cunningham

On Dec. 23, 2001, Lucille S. Cunningham died in Knox Community Hospital, Mount Vernon, Ohio. Lucille was born in Winding Gulf, W.Va., March 8, 1921, and was a longtime member of Eastern Star. She was the daughter of Joe and Vergie Smith, and the sister of Betty Miller (deceased) and Raymond Smith. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Cunningham of Mount Vernon; a brother, Raymond, and his wife, Hilda, who reside in Coal City. In addition among her survivors are her daughters, Sally Hara and Judy Romes (who reside in Gambier, Ohio, and Columbus, Ohio), their respective husbands, Ed and Ken, and her grandson, Mark Hara and his wife, Jami, of Petoskey, Mich. She also has several nieces and nephews, who reside mainly in West Virginia and Florida. Lucille, surrounded by her loving family members, was 80 years old when she passed away. At the time of her death, Lucille was suffering from several debilitating physical problems. However, she maintained her intelligence, wit, love, and sense of humor until the day she died. Now, we want to list some of our favorite memories of Lucille, in hopes that you will share in the joy that these memories give us. She always worked, most recently in the ASC Office and the Pike County Courthouse in Waverly, Ohio. Lucille enjoyed her co-workers, customers, and the work itself. Many days, she worked eight hours, then returned home to cook, clean, and do her part in running an 80-acre farm and raising two daughters. She enjoyed flowers, particularly roses and daisies, liked to dance, and always liked to be around little kids. Lucille was particularly fond of one "little kid," her grandson, Mark. When he was about 7, she took him to a water park in Ocala, Fla., and flew down the slides alongside him for an eight-hour day that he will never forget. Lucille cooked, gardened, and canned. Her daughters well remember, in the days before air conditioning, how they would work in the stifling kitchen and can bushels and bushels of corn and beans. No matter how tough the economic times were for her family, they always had enough to eat, and enough to share with their daughters' suitors and friends. Lucille greatly enjoyed getting dressed up and going out to eat. Whether it was Bob Evans, or a delicious holiday meal prepared by one of her daughters, she always ate well and enjoyed the company tremendously. In later years, Lucille made frequent phone calls to friends and family members. She was a good listener, a contributor of helpful advice, and would always sign off with a "Love you, doll baby," that we'll wish we could hear again. Lucille lives on within us, not only in these and other memories, but in her legacy of love, gentleness, and caring. She was proud of her two daughters, both college graduates, her sons-in-law, as well as her grandson and his wife. Lucille grew into quite an Ohio State football fan, and would wear red and gray while she listened to the games every fall. Appropriately, she had made arrangements to bequeath her remains to the Ohio State University Medical School. Consequently, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Arrangements by Snyder Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, Ohio.




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