Obituary Notices and Memorials


CUNNINGHAM, Bernice Mary
CUNNINGHAM, Bernice Mary Age 89, passed away July 15, 2014 in Lancaster, California. She was born August 11, 1924 in Perth, Western Australia and has resided in the Antelope Valley since 1946. While Bernice was serving as a member of the Australian Womens Army Services, she met her beloved husband Robert Cunningham on a blind date while he was stationed in Australia for the US Navy. They married on August 11, 1945. He preceded her in death on September 23, 2012. She was a long time member of the Lancaster Women of the Moose and served in many capacities over the years, being nominated for Woman of the Year in the early 1970s. She worked during the 1970s and 1980s, first for two years for the Blue Chips Stamp Redemption Center and then eight years for Ruth Horner Insurance Agency. Bernice donated many pints of blood over the years for the Red Cross and volunteered for the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, helping receive pledges. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church and later Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship.Bernice is survived by her one son and two daughters, Terry Cunningham of Texas, Judith van Loben Sels (Richard) of Arizona, Catharine Browning (Mark) of Lancaster, one sister, Valda Halse of Australia (100 years young!); four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers the family wishes for donations to be sent in her memorial to Hoffmann Hospice. A Graveside Service will be held 11 am on Friday July 18, 2014 at Joshua Memorial Park. Arrangements are being entrusted with Halley Olsen Murphy Funerals and Cremations , Lancaster.

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