Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine ST, Columbia, SC


Mrs. Louise Armstrong Cuttino

9 mars , 19299 décembre , 2019

COLUMBIA - Emily Louise Armstrong Cuttino, 90, died on Sunday, December 8, 2019 in Columbia. Born in Charleston, South Carolina on March 9, 1929, she was the only child of Noel Elsworth Armstrong and Eleanor Tavel Armstrong. She was a 1946 graduate of Memminger High School and a 1950 graduate of the College of Charleston with a B.S. degree in Biology. Following her graduation from the College, she worked as a librarian at what was then called the Medical College of South Carolina. In 1952, she married seminary student Thomas E. Cuttino at Citadel Square Baptist Church in Charleston, and began her life with him in service to Christ. Together, their ministry spanned more than 50 years as they served churches, both large and small, in Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina, serving longest at the First Baptist Church of Quincy, Florida from 1956-1971. She joyfully returned to South Carolina with her family in 1971 when her husband joined the faculty of Columbia College. Upon her return, she became a kindergarten teacher at Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Columbia, and for more than 20 years enjoyed teaching the hundreds of children who passed through her classroom. In her retirement years, she spent many happy times traveling, visiting her grandchildren, enjoying Litchfield Beach, volunteering with Meals on Wheels and the Columbia area Shepherd Centers, and serving as a docent at the South Carolina State Museum.

The role of a minister’s wife is itself a vital, but often overlooked, form of Christian ministry. It is a uniquely challenging and rewarding way of life, fully understood only by those who have lived it. She cheerfully accepted the many responsibilities of her position, performed them flawlessly, and was a beloved part of every church and organization she belonged to. As a wife and mother, she was unfailingly gentle, supportive, patient, selfless, and devoted to the care of her family, every day seeking ways to make our lives happy and meaningful. She delighted in the accomplishments of each member of her family, and knew and loved each of them in a special way. She was fiercely proud of her Charleston upbringing, and was a dignifying and refining influence on her family and on all whom she met. She leaves a legacy of encouragement, joy, a love of nature, countless friendships, and a deep abiding faith in God.

She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Cuttino. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law John Edward Cuttino and Sarah Ramsey Cuttino of Columbia; daughter and son-in-law Anne Cuttino Gillespie and Dr. Neil C. Gillespie of Green Bay, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren, Thomas Armstrong Cuttino and Eleanor McFarlane Cuttino of Columbia; Carson Andrew Gillespie, Jared Dmitri Gillespie, Griffin Thomas Gillespie, Duncan Janes Gillespie, and Dylan Perry Gillespie, all of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The family wishes to express our appreciation to Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community, and particularly the caregivers from Solutions, for their years of loving care, compassion, comfort, and friendship.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at Dunbar Funeral Home in Columbia - Devine Street Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019 in Old St. Andrew’s Parish Church Cemetery, 2604 Ashley River Road, Charleston, S.C.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels of Columbia, 2817 Millwood Avenue, Columbia, S.C. 29205 www.seniorresourcesinc.org or Pawmetto Lifeline, 1275 Bower Parkway, Columbia S.C. 29212 www.pawmettolifeline.org Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.


  • Visitation jeudi, 12 décembre , 2019
  • Graveside Service vendredi, 13 décembre , 2019


Mrs. Louise Armstrong Cuttino


Lisa W

13 décembre , 2019

My condolences to the Cuttino family. I pray God continues to comfort and strengthen the family during this time of bereavement. May the many cherished and loving memories of Louise continue to comfort her family and friends. A comforting thought to keep in mind is at Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress." May you all have calming and pleasant thoughts during this time.