Rosemary S. Cunningham, 88, of Amarillo died Thursday, September 27, 2018.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Coulter Road Baptist Church. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Rosemary was born June 12, 1930, in Wellington to JM and Ethel Strong. The youngest of 6 children, she was the baby, and her four brothers and one sister made sure she was taken care of. Her sister Dorothy was 14 years older and halfway raised her while her mother and father stayed very busy in the floral business. The four brothers of course played their part and this family was well known throughout Collingsworth County.
She graduated from Wellington High School in 1947 and immediately went off to Texas State College for Women (TSCW) now known as TWU, in Denton. After a year and a half she was impacted by a romance with her soon to be husband Bill. So she went back to Wellington and began her banking career at Wellington State Bank, a bank that for a time was primarily owned by her great-grandfather, Major Deavenport.
Rosemary married Bill Cunningham on July 8, 1950, in Wellington. At his passing last year, they were approaching 67 years of marriage.
They moved to Midland in the early 50s and when the first and only child arrived in 1954, it was time to hang up the green eye shade and be a full time mother. She excelled at that as well as later being a wonderful grandmother, Nana. The family transferred to Amarillo in the early 60s and began what would be a rest of their lives experience.
For a number of years Rosemary was an accomplished oil painter. Her paintings included portraits and landscapes. Once her son was in high school it was time to go back to college and finish that degree that she had started many years before. She completed her bachelor’s degree at West Texas State in the spring of 1977, 30 years after her first semester.
She would proceed to work outside the home for the next 15 years and would retire in 1992 as administrative assistant at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. It was time to go back and be Nana for the next many years.
Not to be left out was her musical talent at the piano. She would play for many a church function as well as other get togethers. She loved to play the old hymns and would throw in some big band songs along the way. Throughout the years, she and Bill were very involved in Coulter Road Baptist Church. She strongly professed her belief and trust in Jesus Christ.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, JM Jr., Robert, Eddy, and Jack, as well as her sister, Dorothy.
Survivors include her son, Glenn Cunningham, of Amarillo; three grandchildren, Rachel, of Nashville, Jason and wife Mariana, of Houston, and Darbi, of London, UK; and many nieces and nephews.