Marion P. (Smith) Cunningham

December 12, 1914 ~ January 5, 2019 (age 104)


Marion P. Cunningham, 104, of Winona died January 5 at Sauer Health Care.  She was born in Winona, the oldest of eight children, to Leo R. and Amelia (Literski) Smith. Marion was married to Arthur J. Cunningham for 64 years and they have six children.

Marion was one of the longest and active members of  the Catholic Daughters of America and the oldest member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.  She was an avid bridge player, hiked the Winona bluffs, loved to go on the Mississippi River and travel the world.

Civic mindedness was characteristic of Marion.  Among her many activities she was a member of the Democratic Farm Labor Party caucus and served in the hospital axillary as a Gift Shop volunteer.  Marion was also active with the American Red Cross and Birthright. She was a fierce civil rights advocate.

Marion is survived by six children: Phyllis, New York City; John (Beverly), Winona; Sheila, Winona; Peggy Elms, Berkeley, California; Louise, La Grange, Illinois; and Kathleen (Thomas) Hyland, Eagan, Minnesota.  She is also survived by twelve grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.  Her surviving sibling is Leland Smith, Winona.  Marion was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and six siblings: Leo “Buster”, Edward, Charles, W. Wayne, Nina, and Joan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 AM Saturday, with the Fr. Jim Berning officiating.  Visitation will be prior to the Mass in St. Mary's Commons at 9:30 AM.  There will be recitation of the Rosary by the Winona Catholic Daughters at 9:30 AM in the Church. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to St. Mary's Church, Winona Catholic Worker, or to donor's choice.

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