CUNNINGHAM, ISABEL SHIPLEY, a native of Anne Arundel County and a resident of Annapolis since 1951, died at the age of 95 on April 18 at the Mandrin Hospice House in Harwood. Born on the Shipley farm, "Stamp Act Repealed" at Harmans, MD, she was educated in Anne Arundel County public schools, graduated from Goucher College, and received her Master's Degree in English Literature from Smith College. Mrs. Cunningham taught in both Anne Arundel County and Baltimore County public high schools; lectured widely on horticulture and plant exploration; and wrote several award-winning books and more than fifty published articles. From 1987 through 1994, she served as Contributing Editor of Diversity, an international news journal about the conservation and use of Earth's plant resources. A member of Calvary United Methodist Church, her special interests included Calvary's archives and mission-outreach programs. The widow of Chipman Woodward Cunningham, a trust attorney and estate administrator who died in 1981, she is survived by a daughter, Deborah Chipman Cunningham of Baltimore, and a son, David Woodward Cunningham of Annapolis. A memorial service will be held in May at Calvary United Methodist Church, at which time the family will receive friends. The John M. Taylor Funeral Home is handling private burial arrangements. Friends may make memorial contributions to a cause of their choice or to Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401.
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Published in The Capital on Apr. 22, 2014