Mary A. Cunningham

Mary Anne Pearce Cunningham

90, of Indianapolis, IN, passed away peacefully on October 30. In her final months, as throughout her life, she was surrounded by family and friends.

Born July 10, 1923, Mary Anne was the youngest of Starling and Pauline Pearce's three daughters. She attended IPS 66 where, in the First Grade, she met James Andrew "Jim" Cunningham, the man who would become her husband. She attended Shortridge High School and Wheaton College in Norton, MA.

Mary Anne had three children, all of whom survive her: Andrew Pearce (Suzanne) Cunningham, Anne Pearce (Steven) Robinson, and Fred Pearce (Kellie Jo) Cunningham. She is also survived by her five grandchildren: Elizabeth Fortier Cunningham, James Pearce (Lauren) Cunningham, James Elliot Robinson, Abigail Pearce Robinson, and Genna Leigh Cunningham. She is furthermore survived by seven nieces and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her sisters, Martha Louise Hare and Pauline Elizabeth "Betty" Gregory. Jim Cunningham died in 1974. After her husband's death Mary Anne entered the workforce and was employed at a variety of jobs including 17 years working for a family practice physician. She retired from that position in 2011, shortly before her 88th birthday.

She was a longtime member of Woodstock Country Club, as well as the Junior League of Indianapolis, and the Dramatic Club. She was an honorary member of the Day Nursery Society, and in 2013 she became a member of The Elder William Brewster Society, signifying her heritage as a descendant of the Mayflower.

Mary Anne Pearce Cunningham was a beautiful woman whose greatest physical asset was her brilliant smile, a gift surpassed only by the liveliness of her forever-young spirit. She will be missed dearly by her family and by all who knew her. Special gratitude is owed to Robin Cafouras, the young woman who cared for Mary Anne through her final illness with kindness, compassion, and humor.

A more complete accounting of the joyful life of amazing Mary Anne may be found at

Visitation will be at Flanner and Buchanan - Broad Ripple , on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4 at the Gothic Chapel at Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Indianapolis Humane Society, the , or the animal welfare or nature conservancy organization of your choice.

Funeral Home

Flanner and Buchanan – Broad Ripple
1305 Broad Ripple Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46220

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Nov. 1, 2013