Evelyn Marie Cunningham, 92, of Orrville, died Thursday, March 1, 2018 at West View Healthy Living in Wooster after a brief illness.
Evelyn was born Sept. 14, 1925 in Smithville to the late Weldon and Verda (Hackett) McKee and was a 1944 graduate of Apple Creek High School. She married James W. Cunningham on Oct. 15, 1949 and he preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 2012. Evelyn had been a beautician for 50 years having operated her own beauty shop out of her home. She was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Apple Creek and was a member of the Wayne County Historical Society, Apple Creek Historical Society and the Wilderness Society. Evelyn had been a member of Rural Youth as well as was active in 4-H in her youth and is remembered as an antique little girl who loved traveling, camping, playing cards and singing. She wanted to see everything at least once in her life and lived life to the fullest.
Surviving are her children, Mark (Kay) Cunningham of Apple Creek and Mary Ann (James) Stereff of Erie, MI; a granddaughter, Chandra Fowler and her children, Jaci and Josie Fowler; a step-grandson, Scott Glasgow and his children, Michael, Kim and Jared Glasgow and a brother, Ronald McKee of Ada, OH.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, brothers, Welker, Harold and Kenneth McKee and a sister, Marlene Hall.
A celebration of Evelyn’s life will be held Saturday, March 10th at 12:00 noon at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ with Rev. Stephen Broache officiating. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the church. In remembrance of Evelyn wear a little red. Evelyn and Jim will be buried at Apple Creek Cemetery at a later date. Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 68 W. Main St., PO Box 205, Apple Creek, OH 44606.
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Name: Jim McKee
We shall miss you Aunt Ev. We always thought you would out live us all. you had the energy of the everready rabbit and we all loved you dearly.
Name: Velma Marie Wengerd Miller
My older sisters attended Leeper School with James. Years later I met Evelyn through the Wooster Seniors Bus tour group. My Sister, Alice, and I were placed in the positions of Trip planner and tour guides and Evelyn was one of the faithful clients. She didn't care where we toured, she was going!! Even after we no longer did tours she still asked, :Are we going to do any trips," every time we bumped into each other. She always sent me birthday & Christmas cards. She was so thoughtful and Always a fireball. I have so many good memories of Evelyn. Thank you for sharing her with us.
Name: Susan (Jacobs) Petit
Thoughts and prayers are with the Cunningham family.
Ev was special. Always full of life, made marvelous ham and bean soup, had a memory like Fort Knox. Will miss this little lady...
Name: Donna McCoy
Sorry to hear about Evelyn's passing. My husband and I enjoyed spending time together with Evelyn in Rural Youth and after. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Name: Julie Leathers Stahl
Thoughts and prayers for Evelyn's family upon her loss. She was a special lady, and we appreciate her service as a poll workers for many years.
Julie Leathers Stahl, Director
Wayne County Board of Elections
Name: Robert Tilton
Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.
Bob & Cathy Tilton
Name: Gary and Carolann Oswald
We are sending sincere thoughts of sympathy to the family of Evelyn Cunningham. Evelyn and Jim were neighbors to us on N. Millborne Road for many years. When our children were young, they sold Christmas cards, and Evelyn purchased calendar cards each year they went out to sell. We looked forward to receiving the calendar cards that Evelyn continued to send, even this past Christmas when her card was personally designed for her by a granddaughter. We are thankful for happy memories of Jim and Evelyn.