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1929 Ruth 2020

Ruth Cunningham

March 9, 1929 — August 1, 2020

Ruth Adele Cole Cunningham

A true child of the far South Valley! Ruth began her life, as a premature baby, born on a dairy farm off Clark Rd SW. Ruth attended Albuquerque High School while living with her sister and brother-in-law, Edith and Frank Schulmeister, on their dairy farm near Salida Sandia Rd SW.

Ruth was the last child off the bus and frequently found Frank (and his tractor waiting for her). She often said money was probably in short supply, but they had eggs, milk and cream from the dairy, so life was good.

She spent a short time in Arizona as a “Harvey Girl” ……came home, met and married Jack…… and began traveling the world as an Air Force wife. Jack and Ruth had six children when they returned to the far South Valley and Jack began construction on the family home. Sadly, Jack passed away while the home was still under construction.

Sad event? True. But it led to a second marriage with Marty – and the addition of his six Cunningham children. Yep, one dozen Cunningham children. Not all under the roof at once, but still a large family.

91 years later, Ruth finished her life in the far South Valley.

She was preceded in death by one stepchild, Susan Johnson; her husbands, John and Martin.

She is survived by her children, Thomas, Dave (Debbie), Carolyn (Bob), Pat (Yolanda), Sean, Wayne (Sheila); six stepchildren, Steve (Paula), Cecilia (Sam), Pete (Debra), Matt (Michelle), Dave (Richanne); 21 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren and a handful of special nieces and nephews.

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Monday, August 10, 2020

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