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Helen Margaret Cunningham, of 1624 Granview, Quincy, Illinois, died Monday, August 27, 2007 at 5:15 p.m. in the home of her daughter Patricia in Payson at 92 years of age.
The daughter of John Spencer and Mary Mongrieg Nash, Helen was born May 19, 1915, in Cicero, Illinois.
Helen united in marriage with Arthur Wayne Cunningham on August 8, 1936, in Cicero, Illinois. He preceded her in death July 11, 1989.
Mrs. Cunningham worked as a cafeteria supervisor at St. Mary Hospital, and with Quincy Paper Box. From 1944 to 1957, she and her husband operated a grocery store in LaBelle, Missouri, with Myrtle Henry. A member of Central Baptist Church, Helen was a volunteer at St. Mary Hospital. She was active with the Senior Center Crafts and loved watching Pro-basketball, crocheting and family gatherings, particularly ones with her grandchildren.
Survivors include a son, John L. Cunningham of Quincy, two daughters, Donna M. Scoggin and husband, Kenneth of LaBelle, Missouri, Patricia A. Garnett and husband, Robert of Payson, Illinois; twelve grandchildren, Tami Hartsock of LaPlata, Missouri, Steven Scoggin of LaBelle, Missouri, Greg Garnett of Springfield, Illinois, Brian Garnett of Quincy, Illinois, Angie Stevenson of Payson, Illinois, Lisa Neisen of Ewing, Missouri, Rodney Cunningham of Palmyra, Missouri, Tina Neisen, Ewing, Missouri, Terry Cunningham of Ewing, Missouri, Paul, Tim and Tony Cunningham, of all of Quincy; thirty-two great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Her parents; a brother, Spencer Nash; a sister, Ruth Schuler; a daughter-in-law Janice Cunningham; and a great granddaughter Hannah Hartsock all preceded her in death.
The Rev. Ivan Grueter officiated for services on August 31, 2007, in Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, in Quincy. Entombment was in Quincy Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Helen M. Cunningham in Memorials to Blessing Foundation for Hospice or the Senior Citizen Craft Center would be appreciated. Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.