Mary Elizabeth (Schenck) Cunningham (1919 - 2018)

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Mary Elizabeth Cunningham, 98, passed away April 2, 2018, at Hospice House in Lecanto.
She was born Dec 27, 1919, in Dayton, Ohio, to the late Arthur and Jeannette Schenck. She was married for 52 years to Rodney H. Cunningham, who passed away in 1992.
Mary worked outside the home from the time she was a girl. Her initial schooling was secretarial, but her dedication and hard work made her an invaluable employee in all aspects of office work, including bookkeeping and tax preparation.
In 1976, she went to work as a bookkeeper for a fledgling church and its young pastor in Columbus, Ohio. For the next 30 years, she loved her work at this small church that grew into the internationally known megachurch, World Harvest Church.
In 2006, at 87, she decided it was time to retire, and she moved to Dunnellon to be near her daughter. Since 2016, she has lived at Cedar Creek Assisted Living Residence in Crystal River.
In addition to working full time, she was very active in Eastern Star for more than 50 years, serving in various leadership positions, including Worthy Matron.
In retirement, she has enjoyed volunteering at her church and gifting friends, family and most anyone she met with handmade crochet and knitted items.
She has been a lifelong devout Christian, studying her Bible daily and sharing the Word through her kindness, generosity, joyful and loving spirit. She has touched the lives of more people than we can count. If there was ever a person who represented the best in humanity, it was Mary.
She will be sorely missed by her brother, Don Schenck, and his wife, Barbara, of Cincinnati, Ohio; her son, David Cunningham, and wife, Lynn, of Childersburg, Ala.; her daughter, Judy Tudor, of Dunnellon; Bud Clements of Rochester, N.Y.; grandchildren, Brandy and Kyle Williamson of Columbus, Ohio; and scores of loving friends and relatives.
In addition to her husband, Rodney, Mary was preceded in death by her brother, Dick Schenck, and sisters, Gertrude Ross and Lillian Oswalt.
Funeral services were Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Evans Funeral Home, 4171 ELivingston Ave., Columbus, OH.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL,34464 (hospiceofcitrus.org); World Harvest Church; or Cedar Creek Assisted Living Residence, Crystal River, Fl.
Evans Funeral Home, Columbus, Ohio, was in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Riverland News on Apr. 12, 2018