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Marilynn Viola (Wakeley) Cunningham

Date of Death: February 6, 2022
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Winchester SPCA

111 Featherbed Lane

Winchester, VA 22601

Marilynn Viola Cunningham, 80, of Capon Bridge, WV, passed away February 6, 2022 at the Winchester Medical Center.  She was born October 10, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of the late Ryland Stone Wakeley and LaVerne (Clement) Wakeley. Marilynn was of the Catholic Faith attending Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kissimmee, FL as wellContinue Reading

Gregory Cunningham left a message on February 13, 2022:
I’m Marilynn’s baby boy. Even at 55 she called me her baby boy. I grew to love hearing it. As we prepare to bury my mom on Valentines Day (appropriate don’t you think) I wanted to thank everyone for you prayers and kindness. As I sat beside her bed at the hospital mom would smile when she heard of your inquires and affection. She so loved her sisters Chris and Carol but she also so loved her sister quilters and her sisters from PEO and friends from The Woods in Jacksonville where she played tennis and gardened. She will be buried in her quilting vest she made beside you all and a quilt donated by quilting volunteers from Blue Ridge Hospice. She enjoyed her Jacksonville FL and Winchester VA homes. In Winchester she could be found Ed and Janet’s pool (just a few like Donna, and Katrina remember). I feel proud I did the research so she could join the Daughters of the American Revolution through David and Mary (Burton) Wakeley. David was an Ensign serving under Jonathan Trumbull (David was from and is buried in Trumbull CT). It was a proud moment when she placed a marker at his grave sight and visited the graves of her ancestors and living descendants William and Ruth Wakeley. She was a fantastic mother and wife. Marilynn and Bob were married for 58 years which attests to her devotion to her husband. My dad gave me his politics and love of history but my mom gave me her heart and a love for all especially dogs and cats. Especially cats as she fed all the homeless kitties in her neighborhood. Bob’s aches and the ashes of Czar II and Little Kitty are placed with mom. She shared enough love to everyone she new. In return all the loved she received from you all has lifted her up to the arms of Bob and Jesus. I’m sure she has already started a quilters guild with her quilting sisters that have past. She has a seat at her table for everyone as she is cooking up a storm and as always did for friends and guests. God Bless you mom and dad and God Bless to you all.
Reagan Cunningham left a message on February 12, 2022:
For as long as back as I can remember I would always be so excited to go see grandma and grandpa or be elated when I would come home from school and they’d be waiting for me with a new present at home. Grandma did always know how to spoil me the right way and I wouldn’t trade sitting on the couch and watching tv with her or going for trips around town for the world. I used to always wake up to the smell of the best bacon ever made every morning I visited and still have yet to have a Thanksgiving dinner come close to the ones she would make us all in Jacksonville. Thank you for all you did grandma you will forever be in my heart.
Sean P Cunningham left a message on February 12, 2022:
‘Well done, good and faithful servant! Matthew 25:23My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? John 14:2As it was for most children of my generation it was my mother's task to raise us as my father was the breadwinner. She had four children all a year apart. Three in diapers at one time, I believe, cloth diapers. The oldest a daughter then three boys.I am Sean her middle son. We had a special bond, we thought very much alike. I could get away with nothing because she always knew when I was up to no good. She spent many a weekend with me in the emergency room, nursing me back to health from my latest stunt. As I was often covered from head to toe in bruises from just being a normal boy, which she allowed, she had to endure the accusing looks. She always knew when I needed a tickle or a whack with whatever was nearby, including a wooden spoon. "Wait till your father gets home" where dreaded, but deserved words, for all of us.She protected us, fed us, clothed us, fought for us and defended us. She loved her husband and her support for him never wavered. They were married for almost 60 years and always worked it out and provided us excellent role models.My parents were a partnership of equals and my mom held the check book, as my wife of 34 years does today. They were not cheap but they were frugal as their parents were raised in the depression. She would sometimes fill the name brand shampoo bottles with the generic version. They instilled in us the value of saving for the future and we are all doing fine financially.They both were avid readers and instilled in me the gift, the joy of reading. They believed in the power of education and pushed all four of us kids, emotionally and financially, to graduate from college. "You can be whoever you want to be" she often told me. When my sister decided she wanted to go back to school to pursue an advanced degree my mom helped raise my sister's three boys.She loved the arts and music, especially country. A gift I'm so glad she instilled in me. I was fortunate to be able to make several trips to visit her toward the end. I will cherish the memory of us dancing together in her room. I am so grateful I had two brothers and a sister-in-law to hold her hand daily to help her cross over.She was the first person I wanted to talk to when I had good news to share or I needed to cry.She gave me the faith to believe that we will all one day be reunited in heaven. She was a good and faithful servant. She often called for her husband toward the end and I know Jesus has prepared a room for her, my father and my father's brothers.While she has passed over, she is not gone because I carry her in my heart."Where You Been""She Loved a Lot In Her Time"
Debbi michels left a message on February 11, 2022:
You have been and always will be missed by your Florida quilting friends. Rest In Peace my dear friend!
Pauline Muzik left a message on February 11, 2022:
Good bye my friend! You are missed!
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Susan A Rector left a message on February 10, 2022:
I will greatly miss my dear friend, Marilynn. We shared so many great times together with our love of quilting, garden club in The Woods, and just visiting each other over nearly 40 years of friendship. My condolences to Cherie, Greg, Sean, Scott, and the rest of the family.
Linda Grubbs left a message on February 10, 2022:
I am so sorry for your loss, Cheryl, Scott, Sean and Greg. I loved your mom. She was such a happy person and kind and generous. May God rest her soul and grant all of you His peace.
Eva Cunningham left a message on February 10, 2022:
I will miss her greatly! I will remember her with the deepest affection. My prayers and condolences to the family. How do you express the sadness that you feel when you lost somebody That was such a blessing in your life. I am at peace knowing that she is with her husband, Robert And my husband Daniel in heaven!
DONNA KNIGHT left a message on February 10, 2022:
I am so very sorry for your loss Greg and Trisha. I remember the interesting and funny conversations we had on Ed and Janet's porch. She was a sweet and kind lady and I know she will be missed by anyone who knew her. Donna and Bob Huntsberry
Omps Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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