Tilton – Mrs. Dolores "Dee" (Landers) Cunningham, 92, a longtime Tilton resident and recent resident of Belmont, died at New Hampshire Veterans Home on Jan. 1, 2014.
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Dee was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 7, 1921, the daughter of Norman and Gladys (Cunningham) Landers. She was raised in Iowa and upon graduation from the local high school, joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and served until 1945. Following her discharge, she moved to Tilton and married her husband, William J. Cunningham, whom she met while both were serving at Fort Monroe, Va. She was immensely proud of the opportunity to serve her country and the good fortune it gave her to meet Bill, the love of her life.
While her greatest joys were that of being a wife, mother, homemaker and serving others, she also worked part time at the Tilton Belt Shop, The Peabody Home and Franklin Regional Hospital. She was a communicant of St. Mary of The Assumption Church in Tilton and enjoyed opportunities to serve the parish as a member of the St. Anne Society.
Family members include her daughters, Mary Carignan and her husband, Dennis, of Crossvillle, Tenn., and Carol Varney and her husband, David, of Belmont, with whom she lived before moving to the state veterans home. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Lt. Col. Ryan Carignan, USAF, of South Dakota, Marcy Page of California, and Shane Page of New Hampshire; three great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and nieces and nephews.
Dolores was predeceased by her husband, William, who died in 1998, and a daughter, Sheila Page Morrell, who died in 2008.
The calling hours and Mass of Christian burial have been rescheduled as follows:
Visiting hours will be held Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at Paquette-Neun Funeral Home, 104 Park St., Northfield, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Mary of The Assumption Church, Chestnut Street, Tilton, on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at 10 a.m. Spring burial will be in St. John Cemetery.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the veterans home for the comfort and loving care provided to Dee over the last four years and asks that donations in memory of Mrs. Cunningham be made to the New Hampshire Veterans Home Ladies Activity Fund, 139 Winter St., Tilton 03276.
For directions and an online guestbook, please visit neunfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Jan. 6, 2014