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PhyllisJean King Cunningham

Phyllis Jean King Cunningham, 71,of Wichita Falls, passed away on January 19, 2012 in her home fromcomplications of Alzheimer’s disease.  Avisitation will be held at Lunn’s Funeral Home from 5:00-6:00 PM, Saturday ,January 21, 2012.  Services will be heldin the chapel of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home at 2:00 PM, Sunday, January 22,2012, with Tom Rodgers of Grace Church officiating. Interment will follow atthe Riverside Cemetery in Byers, Texas under the direction of Lunn’s ColonialFuneral Home.

Phylliswas born December 8, 1940 in her parents’ home in Henrietta, TX.  The day of her birth, her Cuzzy, PaulaPierce, was in the yard holding a teddy bear and awaiting her arrival.  That was the beginning of a lifelong specialbond between Phyllis and her “Cuzzy.”  Phyllisgraduated from Wichita Falls High School “when it was the only highschool.”  Latin and math were herfavorite subjects and she was in the Latin Club and a P.E. leader.   She always remembered her Latin and couldbalance a checkbook to the penny in a minute. Phyllis regretted not pursuing her dream of becoming a physician.

  However, she used her math skills as managerof Utility Collections for the city of Wichita Falls where she worked for 30years.   

Phyllis enjoyed live theater,travel, and Cuzzy’s gourmet cooking.  Shehad two sisters who remained close friends all of her life.  Becky, Rebecca Lee Chaney, lived three housesdown from Phyllis.  They enjoyed singing,talking, going for walks, and impromptu lunches.  “Baby Kickers,” Claudia Ellen Gannon, ofArlington, TX would call Phyllis informing her of sales events and Phyllis andher friend, Cathryn, would hop in the car and get Becky and head to Arlingtonfor a major shopping spree, lunch, overnight talks, singing, and laughing untilearly morning. 

Phyllis lived her life according toRomans 12:2.  She loved life andpeople.  She enjoyed her best friend andcompanion, Cathryn Melton, for over twenty years.  Cathryn took care of Phyllis throughout herbattle with Alzheimer’s.  Phyllisfiercely loved her “Angel Boy,” 8 year old Justin Heffley, and his 6 year oldsister “Jina Winna.”  Granny P made surethey were always happy.  When Phyllisbecame homebound, Justin would stroke Granny P’s face until she fell asleep asshe had always done for him.  Jina wouldcrawl into the bed with her books and read to her.  Phyllis also loved her Grace Church familyand her visits from Tom, Reggie and Brandon when she became unable to attendservices.

      Thanksto everyone at American Hospice who gave Phyllis the respectful, loving careshe so deserved.   A special thanks toCrystal, for treating her like a princess; nurses, Tammy and Jodi, ChaplainLydia and Dr. Jonathan Williams, and Dr. Stutte.  Thanks also to Dr. Tolintino for hercompassionate care for Phyllis over the years, to Helen for her unwaveringsupport and friendship throughout Phyllis’s journey through Alzheimer’s, andRichard and Desha Heffley for their knowledgeable daily assistance and forbringing food every night.  Again, aspecial thanks is offered to Richard for informing Phyllis of work that he didaround the house and obtaining her input which made her feel needed.  A heartfelt thank you is also extended toShawnda Martin for her long time care of Phyllis and for always making sure shewas comfortable, pretty, and had plenty to keep her busy.  Summer Hamon is remembered for bringing herguitar and singing Christian music for her.

      Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Artie Imogene Jones King and Foy LeeKing, and her little Boston terrier guard dog, Happy.  Survivors include her long time friend andcare giver Cathryn Melton, her son Timothy Kent Cunningham and wife Khem,granddaughter Michelle Trujillo and husband Manuel , twin grandsons Jesse andRussell Cunningham, granddaughter Tachi Millward, grandson Terry Daulton andwife Chasta. Also three great grandchildren, Jazmine, Manuel Jr. and JoeAngel.  Cousin Paula Pierce, Richard andwife Desha Heffley, Justin, Jina, and Ben Jeffley, Andrew and Jacob Haile,Rodelliza Hao, Shawnda and husband Eddie Martin, Summer Hamon, and ClaytonJohnson.

      Memorialdonations to Grace Church 5214 Stone Lake Dr., Wichita Falls, TX 76310;Children’s Aid Society at 1101 30th St., Wichita Falls, TX  76302; or the North Texas State Hospital at1081 S. Kemp Blvd. Wichita Falls, TX 76308.

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