Virginia (Morris) Cunningham

Born: Mon., Apr. 22, 1935
Died: Sun., Sep. 6, 2020


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sun., Sep. 13, 2020
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

Funeral Service

5:00 PM Sun., Sep. 13, 2020
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

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Virginia (Morris) Cunningham, 85, of North East, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020, at UPMC Hamot. She was born on April 22, 1935, in Erie, the eldest daughter of the late Ralph and Iona (Barstow)

Virginia graduated from Union

City High School in 1952 and later attended Hamot School of Nursing in 1955. She was formerly employed by Hamot Hospital, at Health South and also practiced private duty as

a dedicated nurse. Virginia was known for her love of animals, her garden, reading, sewing, and finding goodies at yard sales and the Four

N.I.N.E. Thrift Store at which she volunteered for many years. If it were a stray, whether person or pet, she took them in and loved them as her own.

Virginia met her late husband, Ray Cunningham on a blind date. They were together 50 years until his passing in 2008.

In addition to her husband she was also preceded in death by her stepdaughter, Robin in 2019.

She is survived by her children, Shawn Cunningham, Beverly Best (Dave), Michael Cunningham (Holly), Gary Cunningham (Cindy), Timothy Cunningham (Stephanie), and Ida Gillion (Allen); stepchildren, Linda Sauers (Dave) and Donald Cunningham; sisters, June Gunter, Janet Orrick, Janice Smith, Judy Ebert; sister-in-law; Kay Cunningham; 19 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East, on Sunday from 2 p.m. until time of a funeral service at 5 p.m. Visitation and funeral service will be held on the back lawn of the funeral home with full COVID-19 safety precautions being observed. Private interment will

be held at Evergreen Cemetery. Officiating the service will be Rev. James Hodge. Memorials may be made to the Four N.I.N.E Thrift Store, 49 Smedley St., North East, or to the Erie ANNA Shelter, 1555 E. 10th St., Erie, PA 16511.

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Tom and Louise Petroff
   Posted Fri September 11, 2020
Jennie and Ray were two of the most generous people we knew. It was great knowing them. We have many great storys concernig our friendship. I am happy to say that louise and I will see Ray and Jennie in the Pardise earth that you can find in the Bible at John 11:24 LOL. TOM AND LOUISE PETROFF

Gregg Edelmann
   Posted Sat September 12, 2020
Dear Shawn, Beverly, Michael, Gary, Tim and Ida, the Edelmann family extends our condolences for the loss of your mom Virginia. She was a great neighbor and friend to our father Gump and her love of animals says so much of the heart she displayed during her time on this earth. We Edelmann kids got to know her during informal get-togethers down on the lake; she always had a kind and caring way about her. We hope that your grieving will give way in time to many happy memories of her life.

KG Wygant
   Posted Sun September 13, 2020
Shawn & family, you have our sincerest sympathy. We mourn your loss & rejoice in Virginia's peace. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
- Dale & Kathy Wygant

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