Helen Louise Cunningham
Dates:June 9, 1923 - July 31, 2011
Helen Louise Cunningham was born June 9, 1923, at Mitchell, SD, to Theodore and Mabel (Cahoon) Lindstrom. She grew up and attended school at Mitchell and graduated from Mitchell High School. After high school, she was a Northwestern Bell Telephone Operator. On May 31, 1943, she married Gifford Lloyd Cunningham at Galveston, TX. They lived in Mitchell, where she was a bookkeeper for Nepstad’s Flower Shop and Milliken Funeral Home. In 1984, they moved to Greeley, CO, where she was an apartment manager. In 1993, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She returned to Mitchell after her husband’s death in 1999.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Eastern Star, Daughters of the King and enjoyed bowling and golf. She could fix anything and was a gifted needleworker, making beautiful Christmas decorations for friends and family. She loved gardening and flowers and definitely had a green thumb.
She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Opp of Greeley, CO; three sisters: Rene Steichen of Greeley, CO; Evelyn Rosner of Winter Park, FL; Ruth Leggett and husband, David of Santa Barbara, CA; two grandchildren: Michael (Ariana) and great-granddaughters, Elissa and Kaitlyn of Commerce City, Colorado, and Steven (Jaime) and great-grandchildren Ella, Torin and Jack of Greeley, Colorado; two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Brookbank and Grace Cunningham, a cousin, Jessie Garton, special friend, Myrna Stone, all of Mitchell, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gifford; her parents; one sister, Doris O’Brien; brothers-in-law: Clarence Cunningham, Roy Cunningham, Dale Steichen, David Rosner, Milton Brookbank and Elmer Milligan; and sisters-in-law: Vivian Cunningham and Dorothy Milligan.
The family wishes to give a special thank you to all the staff at Prairie Crossings, Firesteel Healthcare Center, and Avera Hospice for their care and concern.
A Memorial Fund has been established.
To Be Announced
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Saint Mary's Episcopal Church
214 West 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota
Cemetery:Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota
entry posted by CumCum on 07-28-2012
Oct10 The Imperial Court System should no lonegr enjoy NON Profit StatusThe Imperial Court System in this country has been badly mismanaged and corrupt for years. The ICS is headed by Nicole Murray-Ramirez which supervisors area Courts in most of the 50 state. Each of these local courts are headed by figure heads named Emperor and Empress which are elected each year. All of the local courts are registered in their respected states as NON Profit’s which therefore are not subject to tax. Due to the mismanage and corruption within the court system little of the funds raised by these local go to local charities, this is all common knowledge with in the ICS. The bulk of funds raised by these local courts is spent on lavish outlandish balls and travel expenses of the Emperor and Empress and their courtesans, all in tribute to the retiring Monarchs to bolster their already bloated egos. Don’t believe me go to one of the local Balls and see for yourself. One of the requirements for the local courts to be a part of The Imperial Court System is to send a percentage of the funds raised locally to The Imperial Court System which Nicole Murray-Ramirez heads, these funds are suppose to be used by the ICS to foster local and national charities but, the bulk is spent on administrative costs.Nicole Murray-Ramirez’s mission in life is to travel to various courts around the country to bless them with her presence but this visit comes at a cost. Nicole will only show up at your ball only if you pay her way. Nicole requires the local courts to not only pay for her round trip plane ticket for two, she always travels with a companion, but to pay for lodging (which includes all her meals and incidentals), limousine service to and from the airport and finally a makeup artist to get her ready for her grand entrance? This explains the sharp increase in ball tickets over the past 10 years, we’re talking about ball tickets costing anywhere from $ 50.00 to $ 150.00 depending on the court. Because of this the local courts have to generate enough revenue to offset the massive costs involved with putting on these events.Many courts have been plagued in the past by Embezzlement and Inappropriate actions by one or both of their Monarchs. To date no legal actions were ever taken out on these individuals.Time has come for The IRS and Secretary State’s office to launch formal investigations into the ICS and the local courts nationwide. The ICS and local courts should be revoked of their Non Profit Status and be subject to tax like everyone else. They can raise all the money want but, calling themselves a Charitable Organization falls short of this pledge.
entry posted by Louise and Jerry French on 08-04-2011
Barb, Michael and Steven, We are sorry to hear about Grandma Helen's passing. Cling to the memories of the old days as they bring comfort. We are quite sure that Gifford was waiting for her with a cup of coffee in hand! Rest assured that she is now at peace and in the company of loved ones. Louise and Jerry
entry posted by Sue Lambert on 08-04-2011
Barb, We (your classmates and friends) have so many memories of your parents and how great they were to all of us as we were growing up. The picture of your Mother is beautiful. Terry's and my thoughts are with you--it is difficult to lose a parent. Sue
entry posted by Georgia Ramos on 08-04-2011
Barb, I am so very sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of your Mother and Dad and the times that you and I shared as we were growing up. It is so very difficult to lose a parent. We hate to lose them but are glad that they are at peace and no longer suffering. May her memory be eternal. You take good care! Georgia
entry posted by Judy (Backlund) Gohl on 08-03-2011
Barb--I was sorry to read about your mom. It is hard to lose a parent no matter how old they/we are. We have to be thankful for all of the years that we got to have together. Keep your memories close and she will live in your heart forever. Judy