Ms. Betty Jean Shirk Cunningham, 71, a resident of Kerens, passed away at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md. from complications of pneumonia with family by her side.
She was born April 4, 1941, at Mouth of Seneca, a daughter of the late Homer and Mae Vance Shirk.
On Nov. 23, 1961, at Baltimore, Md., she married the late Lincoln "Bud" Cunningham.
Also surviving are two sons, Richard E. Cunningham of Panama City, Fla., and Joe Cunningham of Elkins; a daughter, Shelby Cunningham of Hagerstown, Md.; and a late son, Allen E. Cunningham. She has 10 grandchildren, three sisters, Helen Nelson of Baltimore, Md., Marie Rosario of Newtown, Pa. and Mary Shirk of Baltimore, Md.; and three brothers, Dale Shirk of Baltimore, Md., Dennis Shirk of Baltimore, Md., and John Shirk of Baltimore, Md. also survive.
Ms. Cunningham attended schools in Pendleton County and worked at Davis Memorial Hospital and Randolph County Schools. She enjoyed reading her Bible, gardening, canning, cooking and her greatest passion, loving her entire family. She will always be remembered for the kindness she showed to others and great generosity she provided to everyone. She was a great wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many and will always be missed by those who knew her and loved her. She was a member of Jones Creek Christian Church of Edgemere, Md., and Whitmer United Methodist and First Church of Christ of Elkins.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday from the funeral home chapel with Michael Courtwright officiating. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery near Whitmer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 122 S. High St., Morgantown, WV 26501, in memory of Mrs. Cunningham. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Betty Cunningham. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.