Hannah Jacobs Cunningham

February 9, 1915August 5, 2018

On Sunday, August 5, 2018, the oldest member of our family left us to join the choir of angels in heaven. Hannah was born in Carnarvon, Iowa 103 years ago, but lived most of her life in Metairie, Louisiana. She was surrounded by her loving family, and to the last moment, she offered us inspiration just like she did for decades. Appointed in 1951 by President Eisenhower to be the Postmaster of Metairie, she had energy to spare. As a founding member of The Jefferson Performing Arts Society, she gave us the joy of witnessing her amazement at the opening of the most modern performing arts theater in the city. She was an active member of the Munholland United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir. Her smile and inspiring energy leaves a void amongst all of those who had the privilege to be around her. Oma, your love, your smile, your glee and your tenacity will be with us for hundreds more years. She was preceded in death by her first husband Joe Hughes, her second husband Murray Cunningham, son Hunt Cunningham, daughter Janet Cunningham and grandson Beau Baker. She is survived by her children Kay Gillum, Karay Klein, Mary Beth Nogues, Fred Cunningham and Debbie Rubiano. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Memorial Services for Hannah will be at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home on Sunday, August 19th at 2:00pm. A gathering of family and friends will be held after the service at her home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Jefferson Performing Arts Society, 1118 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, Louisiana 70001.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, August 19, 2018

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Jackie Elliott

August 19, 2018

My memories of Hanna go way back to the Mulholland Church Couples Club, where Bill and I gathered for suppers with Hanna and Murray and decorated our tables. Al Habeeb and wife were also members, and Al has just passed away, too.
What I remember most about Hanna was her sweet smile. What a lovely woman who helped bring culture to Jefferson Parish by her input and support to the Jefferson Performing Arts Society.
Sweet music in heaven to you, Hanna.
Jackie Elliott

Bonnie F. Lonegrass

August 17, 2018

Hannah Cunningham, “Mrs. Cunningham” as we referred to her, touched the lives of so many including ours. In 1955 she appointed our Dad, Elmer Feldheim, Assistant Postmaster of Metairie. It changed our lives as a family. We are so grateful to have been touched by her foresight. A woman before her time, she knew how to get the job done and always with respect and kindness. Her life, in family and community, is an example for all to follow.
Our sincere condolences to the family for your loss.
Brenda F. Crawford, Bonnie F. Lonegrass and Peggy F. Porter


August 15, 2018

I'M so sorry .Your family will be in my prayers. I'm 74 years old now and was raised in Mulholland Church and I'm grateful for the lessons thought me and the help given me by the CUNNINGHAM children Love ERIC NELSON