Evelyn Eileen Cunningham


Bloomington – Evelyn Eileen Cunningham, 100, formerly of Atlanta and Waynesville, passed away at 10:20 p.m. on Tuesday July 21, 2020, at her home in Bloomington. 

Her funeral will be conducted on Monday, July 27, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Beck Memorial Home, in Bloomington.  The Rev. Heather Godsey will officiate.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral.  Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery, in Bloomington.

Due to COVID-19 conditions, the family asks that all attendees wear masks and observe social distancing.   

Evelyn was born on August 23, 1919, in Atlanta, Ill., to Nelson and Cecil Houghtling Leach. After her mother passed away, when Evelyn was three years old, she and her siblings were raised by their  maternal grandparents, Horace and and Georgia Ann Houghtling.

She married Charles Cunningham on May 5, 1942, in Mexico, Mo.  He preceded her in death in 1984.  She was also preceded in death by twin grandsons John Aaron and Charles Richard Weiss; and by her five siblings: Donald Leach, Josephine Hodge, Olive Marie Benedict, Harold Leach and Mable Leach.

Evelyn is survived by her daughter Janet (Jack) Cunningham Keefe of Bloomington, two step-grandchildren Andrew (Karen) Keefe and James (Laura) Keefe and three step-great-grandchildren. 

She worked at Clinton IGA and The John Warner Bank, also in Clinton, prior to retirement. At age 75, Evelyn was the assistant manager of the Hardee’s restaurant on Oakland Avenue in Bloomington. She often said she went back to work because she felt bored at home.

Evelyn was a member of Centennial Christian Church, in Bloomington. She was a loving, motivated and very giving person. She loved to sew, cook, bake and do word and  jigsaw puzzles in her later years. She gave her time and talents to Safe Harbor shelter, in Bloomington, and the Danville VA Hospital for over 25 years with no desire for recognition.

The family thanks Advocate BroMenn Hospice for their care and assistance during Evelyn’s last year of life.

Memorial contributions may be made to Centennial Christian Church.

Online condolences may be left at www.beckmemomorial.com

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