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Florence Ingram Cunningham

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Florence Ingram CUNNINGHAM Was born on April 26, 1918 in The Dalles, Oregon, and died in Seattle, Washington on February 24, 2011 at the age of 92. She grew up Colfax, Washington, and graduated from Eastern Washington University with a teaching degree. In 1949, she came to Kent, Washington to teach, where she met and married Norwood Cunningham on Feb 3, 1950. Norwood died in August, 1979. Florence put roots down in Kent. She lived in Kent for 57 years, in a house built by Larry Clements and Norwood. Florence is survived by her family, Joel and Amy Cunningham; Brian and his fiance Katie Cogan; her two grandchildren, Erin and Rad Cunningham, and one great grandchild, Zack Volpi. Florence loved her cousin, Mary Henry, who predeceased her, like a sister. She considered the whole Henry clan to be family. Florence loved her family and her family loved her. Our best times were sitting around the dinner table at her home in Kent, eating the feel-good meals she cooked. Florence did, however, require conversation at the dinner table along with proper manners. The streets of N. Alvord and Hilltop were a true neighborhood, and Florence made life-long friends there. Florence had too many wonderful friends to list here, but you know who you are. Bless you all for all you did for our mom. Florence loved books. She gave countless book reviews in the Kent Valley, and cherished her book club. But her great love was for the writings of PG Wodehouse, a british author of many books, plays, and musicals. She loved Wodehouse because he wrote wrote witty, cheerful books. She belonged to the PG Wodehouse Society, and became its international president. She had many Wodehouse friends. In July, 1989, she led a delegation of Wodehousians to London to try to have Mr. Wodehouse buried in Poet's Corner. Florence became good friends with Father Gretz and Father Frank of the St. James Episcopal Church in Kent. Along with Father Frank, she started and was the head mistress of the St. James school. After she retired, she wrote articles anonymously under the pseudonym "The Ladybug." Two words best describe Florence: elegance and cheerfulness. She lived as if the old saying "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" was the 11th commandment. She believed there was good in everyone, and it was our job to find it. Mom taught us that we have an obligation in life to leave the world a better place than we found it. You did that, mom. Funeral Services will be held at St. James Episcopal Church of Kent, 24447 - 94th Ave. S., Kent, Washington at noon on Friday, March 4, 2011. Visitation will be held from 11am to 12pm before services also to be held at St james Episcopal Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Burial Park in Kent, WA. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the St. James Episcopal Church of Kent, the children's playground fund. Please sign our online guest book at www.eycfc.com
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 27, 2011
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