Obituary — Ardis Cunningham


Laurel — Ardis Cunningham, 81, Laurel, died Jan. 18, 2016, at Hillcrest Care Center, Laurel.

Visitation and a prayer service were Jan. 21 at United Methodist Church, Laurel.

Funeral services were Jan. 22 at United Methodist Church, Laurel, with Rev. Jaime Farias officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were Ardis’ granddaughters, Lark Rich, Tori Cunningham, Kathryn Cunningham, Jade Cunningham and Megan Cunningham.

Active pallbearers were Ardis’ grandsons, Jeremy Cunningham, Matthew Cunningham, Joshua Cunningham, Andrew Cunningham, Kyle Cunningham, Tate Cunningham, Nathan Christensen, Phillip Cunningham and Jason Christensen.

Interment was in Laurel Cemetery, Laurel.

Ardis Rae Cunningham was born Jan. 23, 1934, on a farm near Dixon, to Glen and Claribel (Slutz) Stingley. She attended school in Los Angeles, Calif., Dixon and Randolph. She received her teaching certificate from Wayne State College. She taught elementary school for two years in McLean. Ardis married Gerald W. Cunningham Feb. 25, 1953, at the United Methodist Church Randolph. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage. They lived in Sholes, Coleridge, and Laurel. She was a teacher’s aide in the Laurel school system, later volunteering as she read to fifth and sixth grades, and recorded books on tape.

She was a member of the Laurel United Methodist Church, Women’s Society, Book Club, P.E.O., and American Legion Auxiliary, serving on the board. Ardis also taught Sunday school and Bible School, serving as Superintendent for both, and was a Cub Scout den mother.

Her hobbies included reading, golf, crocheting and supporting the Laurel School activities. Ardis especially loved to be with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and watched them in horse shows, sporting events and anything in which they participated.

Ardis is survived by her husband, Gerald; five children, Kevin (Lisa) Cunningham, Grand Island; Kerby (Naomi) Cunningham, Beatrice; Toby (Patti) Cunningham, Laurel; Jana (Arnie) Christensen, Lincoln; and Joedy (Katty) Cunningham, Vienna, Austria; 14 grandchildren, Matthew and Janelle Cunningham, New York, N.Y.; Andrew Cunningham, Grand Island; Kathryn Cunningham, Grand Island; Jeremy and Sheri Cunningham, Omaha; Joshua and Megan Cunningham, Van, Texas; Kyle Cunningham, Beatrice; Lark and Trevor Rich, Sioux City, Iowa; Tori Cunningham, Kansas City, Kan.; Tate Cunningham, Laurel; Jade Cunningham, Scottsbluff; Nathan Christensen, Lincoln; Jason Christensen, Lincoln; Phillip Cunningham, Salzburg, Austria; Megan Cunningham, Bath, England; six great-grandchildren, Jenna, Sierra, and Jackson Cunningham, and Isaac, Colton and Aleigha Rich; a brother Marlyn Stingley, Conroy, Texas; brothers-in-law, Dean (Elda) Cunningham, Wausa; Don Cunningham, Dixon; and sister-in-law, Deanna (Dan) Gansebom, Osmond; and nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Ardis was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Claribel; father and mother-in-law, Earl and Grace Cunningham; sisters-in-law, Delores Stingley, Sharolyn Cunningham; and niece, Terri Suhr.

Memorials may be directed to the Cunningham family for later designation.