Margaret Winnifred Cunningham

June 23, 1903October 21, 2013

Margaret W. Cunningham was born in Ashland, Nebraska on June 23, 1903, and passed on October 21, 2013 in Shoreline, Washington. Margaret passed away peacefully in her home she had resided in for 62 years at age 110. Margaret had one sibling, Helen Wollen. She was a schoolteacher, homemaker, caregiver, mother, sister, grandmother and the loving wife of 59 years to Ralph E. Cunningham, until his passing October 22, 1984. Ralph and Margaret were married in 1925; and they had three children, Carole Jean, Robert E. and Ralph T. They moved to Seattle, WA in 1937 in a travel trailer Ralph had built for them, and where she resided. She loved her cat Lucy, and her dogs. She was fascinated with nature which included: birds, squirrels and the overabundance of flowers she grew in her yard. She would sit at her dining room table staring out the window always able to identify EVERY bird that came to feed and bathe in her birdbath. She loved reading from the bible, baking, crochet and listening to musicians, and Paul Harvey and Art Bell. One thing she’d tell you that preserved her wit and longevity was due to playing Scrabble with friends and family; because it rejuvenated her brain, keeping it strong, let’s just say…she WON most of the games. She frowned upon technology, computers especially, because she felt it resulted in a lack of communication. She was a wonderful, loving, caring, generous, sincere, compassionate and gracious person.

She is survived by her grandson, William McKnight and wife Renea, granddaughter Margie Church and husband Tom, granddaughter Terri Thierry and husband Paul, grandson Bobby Cunningham and wife Judy, granddaughter Jojean Johnson and husband Denny, and granddaughter Patsy Cunningham. Margaret is also survived by 15 great grandchildren, 32 great great grandchildren and 1 great great great grandchild; along with the many nieces and nephews and many, many friends. She will be reunited with her loving husband Ralph, daughter Carole, son Robert, son Ralph, granddaughters Vickie and Dava, grandson David, great grandsons, her sister Helen and her dear friend Nelma, along with many more family and friends.



  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 30, 2013
  • Commital Wednesday, October 30, 2013


  • Reception

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Tammie Metzger

November 5, 2013

Tammie Metzger

November 5, 2013

Tammie Metzger

November 5, 2013

My great grandmother was the greatest lady out there. She had lived a long life, and she unfortunately had lived longer then her own children. We will miss her tremendously. She's with the love of her life now, and there having a blast. We love you grandma, and grandpa.

Bev Squires

November 3, 2013

Margaret and Ralph were our neighbors in Shoreline. We mourned the loss of Ralph and enjoyed Margaret for the remainder of our time in the neighborhood. She was a very special lady, and we loved to visit with her. She is a permanent happy memory in our family and will be thought of often.

October 28, 2013

to Margaret and her family yes Margaret was a true friend I remember when our family was young we were always welcomed at her home I remember when our parents were sick and we needed someone to talk to and give us support she was there now Margaret you will be there with all your kids and ralph we will dearly miss you many thoughts and prayers go to margeret Cunningham and her family may god bless you from the logsdons

Leslie Ward

October 27, 2013

Margaret was the best neighbor ever! I grew up next door to the Cunninghams and will always cherish my memories of Margaret. I wish for her family, joy in her long life and comfort in knowing that she was loved by all. Her beautiful garden inspired me to become a flower gardener and I can still remember the Peace Rose that grew on the corner, parading over the fence to entice the air with its scent and the eyes with its beauty.
Margaret was a generous and loving soul who put up with her teen neighbors as they grew up beside her. She always welcomed us into her home. She welcomed everyone into her home because she was an example of Christian virtue.
I remember over 20 years ago when I was visiting my mom and dad at their place and seeing Margaret (over 80) up on a ladder painting the trim on her house. I was concerned she might fall, but no she completed it. She was a great example of tenacity, independence and the will to live each day.
Margaret, it has been great to know you these last 46 years. My mom loved you as a true friend and neighbor. May your soul live on forever as our memories of you live on!

Heidi Nordlund Lestelle

October 25, 2013

I have so many fond memories of visiting Ralph and Margaret at their home in North City. Ralph was fond of pulling practical jokes on people -- like placing fake dog vomit on the carpet -- and Margaret had the gift of hospitality. Ralph helped to build my parents home, and the two couples shared a special friendship together. I remember attending Margaret's 100th birthday party with my mother in 2003; I think I even have a picture of Margaret perched upon someone's motorcycle. She had a sweet sense of humor, loved everyone, and will be dearly missed by all.