November 8, 1926 ~ August 7, 2013
Helen Marie Cunningham, 86, died Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the Sumner County Care Center in Wellington, Kansas. She was born November 8, 1926 to Walter and Esther Pauline (Sulinger) Freeze at their home east of Braman in Kay County, Oklahoma.
Marie graduated from Braman High School, Braman, Oklahoma. She married Maurice Cunningham August 18, 1951 at the Braman Christian Church in Braman, Oklahoma. They lived on a farm south of Drury, Kansas and raised wheat, beef cattle and other crops. She and Maurice moved to Caldwell in 1979 and they retired from farming in 1985.
She enjoyed traveling and judging 4-H. Marie was a member of the Drury Star EHU and the Square Dance Club. She enjoyed embroidering, knitting, crocheting and owned The Yarn Shack.
She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Buddy and her husband Maurice.
She is survived by two sisters, Edna May Bradford of Denton, Texas and Jessie Cochran of Bixby, Oklahoma; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Graveside services will be held 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at the Braman Cemetery, Braman, Oklahoma.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Central Christian Church, Caldwell, Kansas.
Family and Friends - 08/07/2013
Marie was a very special lady. I have many fond memories of her and Maurice. I especially remember the trip that Marie and I took to Colorado to visit her folks. I will always remember the time when they and we lost electricity and she had us down for turkey dinner since they had a gas cooking stove and we didn't. We had a wonderful time eating by candlelight and just visiting. Marie will be missed by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers and with you.
Family and Friends - 08/08/2013
Thank you Edna for your greetings and news from time to time. As most of you know I spent many summers with Grandma and Grandpa Cunningham and then Maurice and Marie. I too remember all the travel to square dances. I also enjoyed the trips to see her family in Colorado. My mom always made all of Marie's pie crusts. (Marie's were hard). Marie taught me a lot about knitting even though I never actually knitted anything. In turn I was able to help a number of people.
Family and Friends - 08/09/2013
Marie and Maurice were our neighbors for alot of years.
When we lost our home by fire Marie was the first one to organize a shower for us. Maire made a knited sock for my foot when I broke my ankle. Alot of things like that are good memories. Wendell(Bud), Maurice and Marie all attended Braman Schools together, so we go back as friends before we were married. Maurice worked with Bud at John Deere. He also helped us remodel our farm house.
Marie was a very talented person and was willing to pass her talent to other persons. These are the things we need to remember about her.
Violet Freeze Hassler and Sherry Freeze
Family and Friends - 08/11/2013
I remember traveling to Caldwell to visit Marie and Maurice, and mother remembers them fondly, as well. Great family and good times. We wish all of you well. God bless. Violet