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Irene Stanley Cunningham

Obituary for Irene Stanley Cunningham

March 31, 1926 - January 14, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 91


A first generation American-born in Chicago, Illinois, and a resident of Austin since 1961, she was the daughter of immigrants---Adeline Paxton of Newcastle on Tyne, England and Dushan Stankovich of Prezrin, Serbia. (His Americanized name was John Stanley.). Irene remembered them as peerless parents. She was pre-deceased by her husband of 65+ years Don Cunningham, her sister, June Kenez, of Southfield, Michigan and her brother Bill, of Chicago.

Irene attended public schools in Chicago and excelled as a student. Scarlet Fever cut short her education at George Williams college. She later took courses at Little Rock University.

She was hired in Chicago in June, 1946 as a stewardess by Braniff Airways to be based at Love Field in Dallas. It was the pre-jet time, and her flights were on 21 passenger DC-3's, 48 passenger DC-4's and eventually 54 passenger DC-6's. In late 1949, she met the love of her life, Don Cunningham and they were married in December of that year.

They had three sons, Dale (Jean Percy), Larry (Carol Williams), and Michael ( Deborah Dunn, deceased), and fashioned a life based in love of God, country and family.

Their Family includes three grandchildren; Tiffany Cunningham, John Simon Cunningham and Sarah Grace Cunningham. Included in this also includes Rocky and Jill, two beloved Cocker Spaniels.

Their family also includes five great-grandchildren, Daniel, Tristan and Dejalei Cruz and Lillian and Liam Cunningham.

Private family services will be held with her son, The Rev. Canon Michael Cunningham officiating.

Irene was a fearless woman who enjoyed lifelong friendships with people who God put on her path whom she never failed to send hand-written notes to on all occasions. She lived by this saying: Nothing can defeat us or keep us down. True to her word, She lived that to the end.

Irene says thank you God, for a wonderful husband, family and life.

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