Debra Ann Cunningham

1952 - 2010 Obituary Condolences
Debra Ann Cunningham Obituary
Debra Ann Cunningham 1952 - 2010 Debra Ann (Abney) Cunningham, age 58, passed away at her home in Bakersfield on December 7, 2010, attended by her loving family. Debra was born April 21, 1952 in Bakersfield to V.L. "Pete" Abney and Jane Margaret Kurtz Abney. She was their youngest child and only daughter. Debra is survived by her devoted husband of 32 years, Terry Cunningham; daughter, Lysa Luna; honorary son, Aaron Bowers; granddaughter and special light of her life, Isabella Luna; soul sister, Jackie Kurtz; friend and mother-in-law, June Crowder (all of Bakersfield); brothers, Raymond Abney and wife Caroline of Parker, CO, Joe L. Abney and wife Paula of Edmund, OK, and Larry Abney and wife Beth of Las Vegas, NV. Also of special note are her numerous friends and family who will miss her deeply. She is preceded in death by her parents, both of whom she selflessly cared for during their own battles. She was a giver, putting aside her own needs to care for others. She was known for her sense of humor, quick wit, strength of character and confidence, even if it was of the "Fake It Til You Make It" variety. Debra was sustained in life by the love of her husband, daughter, granddaughter and sister, and a pack of ornery dogs. She loved traveling, especially to Hawaii and the coast. One of her favorite things was being able to smell and hear the ocean while she read. Swimming with her granddaughter, watching kids splash in the pool, visiting with friends and family on the patio and holding a dog in her lap, these are the things that made her smile. We will miss her humor, compassion, and love for good people and animals. She asked that no services be held. Instead, a small gathering to celebrate her amazing life will be held at her home. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 11, 2010
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