Mildred M. Cunningham, a homemaker who celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary last week, died at her home in the Mays Chapel section of Baltimore County on Tuesday of complications from a brain tumor.
The 72-year-old East Baltimore native grew up near Patterson Park and received her early education at St. Elizabeth's School.
After graduating from Eastern High School in 1939, she went to work as a secretary at the Commercial Credit Corp. From 1941 to 1942, she worked in the office of the president and managing director of the now-defunct O'Neill & Co. department store at Charles and Lexington streets.
In 1943, she married Robert B. Cunningham and quit work to become a homemaker. Her husband retired in 1979 as manager of employee benefits for the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. The couple, who observed their 50th wedding anniversary last Saturday, made their home for many years on Evesham Avenue in Govans.
For many years, Mrs. Cunningham was a member of the Mothers' Club at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church on York Road in Govans. She also belonged to a sewing club that met weekly for more than 40 years.
A viewing is set for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Lemmon-Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium. A Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville. Interment will be at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Cunningham is survived by five sons, R. Bruce Cunningham, Jack R. Cunningham and Anthony E. Cunningham, all of Baltimore, and Joseph V. Cunningham of Fullerton, Calif., and Capt. Mark K. Cunningham of Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; four daughters, Mary Gail Hare of Westminster, Claudia R. Herpel of Flemington, N.J., and Constance A. Hiegel and Mary Catherine "Kate" Cunningham, both of Baltimore; three sisters, Constance Q. Rossetti of Atlanta, Patricia Q. Hearty of Toms River, N.J., and Geraldine Q. Fallon of Towson; and 16 grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions may be made to the Jesuit Mission Bureau, India, c/o Father John F. Guidera, 740 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21202.