Anna Laura Cunningham, 74, of Orange, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012, in Beaumont. Ann was born in Buna to Ouida Granny and Forest Owens on April 29, 1938. She attended Little Cypress High School where she was a member of the band and basketball team, as well as being the Valedictorian of the senior class of 1956. Ann went on to work at Dupont for many years and later, Memorial Hermann Baptist Orange Hospital. Ann was a member of the Community Church in Orange. She enjoyed singing, crocheting, traveling and spending time with her family. Throughout her life, Ann engaged in various community service initiatives, focusing on improving the lives of at-risk youth by teaching reading and writing, offering a home for a number of children, and volunteering for CASA. Ann is preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Kenneth Jackie Cunningham, and parents Ouida and Forest Owens. Ann is survived by her children Kenneth (Beverly) Cunningham of Cincinnati, Ohio, Melanie (Doyle) Clemmons of League City, Ronnie (Delia) Hock of Brazoria, and Lois (Arthur) Albertus of Grand Prairie; grandchildren Beth, Kenda, Ashley, Greyson, Kristopher, Raquel, Marcia, Patricia, and Tony; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers Forest Bo Owens, Johnny Owens, and Gary Owens; sisters Patricia Hughes and Gayle Arceneaux; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange on Friday, November 30, 2012 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral services will be on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., with Reverend Forest Bo Owens officiating. Graveside service and burial will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Buna. Serving as Pallbearers will be Arthur Albertus, Mark Hughes, Paul Hughes, Jason Arceneaux, Kristopher Hock, and Tony Hock.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Nov. 30, 2012