Florence Ingram Cunningham

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CUNNINGHAM, Florence

Florence Ingram Cunningham was born on April 26, 1918 in La Grande, 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 February 3, 1950. Norwood died in August, 1979. Florence is survived by her family, Joel and Amy Cunningham; Brian and his fiancée, Katie Cogan; her two grandchildren, Erin and Rad Cunningham, and one great-grandchild, Zack Volpi.
Florence loved her cousin, Mary Henry of Spokane, who predeceased her, like a sister. She considered the whole Henry clan to be family. She cherished her summer visits to Hayden Lake at the Henry family compound. Despite moving to Kent, Florence always loved the Palouse country where she grew up.
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 conver-sation at the dinner table along with proper manners.
Florence loved books. Her favorite author was P.G. Wodehouse, a British author of many books, plays, and musicals. She loved Wodehouse because he wrote witty, cheerful books. She belonged to the P.G. Wodehouse Society, and became its international president.
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.
The Memorial Service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church of Kent, 24447 - 94th Ave. S., Kent, Washington at noon on Friday, March 4, 2011. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the St. James Episcopal Church of Kent, the children's playground fund.

Published in Spokesman-Review from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2011
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