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Maria Cunningham

Maria-Cunningham-PicMaria Cunningham, age 86, of Mena, died Monday, May 12, 2014 at her home at The Oaks in Mena. She was born Tuesday, August 2, 1927 to Karl and Anna Feierfeil Schwab in Muhlhofen, Czechoslovakia.

Maria was a woman of faith, where she was raised in the Catholic Church. She was a very hard worker and tried to provide for her children. She was so proud of being able to bring her children to the United States in 1965. She enjoyed cooking for them and some of her favorite dishes to make were rolanden and claze, potato dumplings, and a steak rolls. Maria enjoyed watching her daytime T.V. and going to Hot Springs to the Octoberfest. She played the accordion and listening to Polka music. Some of her hobbies included sewing, knitting and needlepoint. Maria was a loving mother, grandmother and friend will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son Dieter Falk; one sister Anna Schwab; and one grandson Steven Calhoun.

Maria is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Karl and Becky Cunningham of Mena; three daughters Cindy Cunningham of Dallas, Texas, Heidi Schwab of Missoula, Montana and Annemarie Schwab of Augsburg, Germany; two grandchildren Tracy Floyd and husband, Rob of Fort Smith and Calvin Terry of Chicago, Illinois; one great grandchild Malachi Floyd of Fort Smith; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Roger Bishop officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be general.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Ninth Street Feeding Ministry, 811 Port Arthur, Mena, Arkansas 71953 or the Village of Hope Uganda, P.O. Box 700126, Dallas, Texas, 75370.

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