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Eleanor W. Cunningham
Viewing: August 16, 2019 (Friday) 2:00 to 4:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm at DeVol Funeral Home. INTERMENT August 17, 2019 (Saturday) at 11:30 at Parklawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 1280 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD
Service: A Memorial service celebrating Eleanor's life will be on August 17, 2019 (Saturday) at 1:30 PM
Location: The Gaithersburg Church of The Nazarene 8921 Warfield Road, Gaithersburg, MD. Food and fellowship to follow.

Eleanor W. Cunningham, 95, of Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, went to be with the Lord on August 12, 2019. She was the wife of Floyd E. Cunningham. They were married for 39 years until his death in 1992.

Born Eleanor Wagner Leighton on October 6, 1923 in Rockville, MD, she was one of four children born to the late Howard M. and Ethel V. (Applebee) Leighton.

A lifelong resident of Montgomery County, she graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in 1940. Eleanor then enrolled at the Temple Secretarial School in Washington, completing the program in 1941 before joining the workforce. She began dating her future husband in 1951 and they were married May 9, 1953. Living first in Rockville before moving to Gaithersburg in 1964, Eleanor spent her time raising their three children. In 1967 she began working for the Montgomery County Public Schools as a secretary, a job she loved and kept until her retirement in 1986. In 2003, she moved to Asbury Methodist Village.

She faithfully attended the Gaithersburg Church of the Nazarene from 1964 until her health began to fail. Eleanor loved working in the church, serving on the church board, the Nazarene World Mission Society, and various other committees. She began teaching Sunday School classes at the age of 16 and continued for 72 years. Her devotion to her church and faith were an inspiration to all who knew her. 

Blessed with a gift for writing, she was the author of innumerable poems, stories, and articles, as well as seven published books.

Surviving are three children: Dr. Floyd Cunningham of Manila in the Philippines; Janice Elder and husband Steven of Hagerstown, MD; and Dr. Diane Leclerc of Nampa, ID. She is further survived by her grandson, Ethan Leclerc of Nampa, ID. She was preceded in death by her husband, eldest sister Alice Schmidt, twin sister Jean Testerman, and younger brother Howard Leighton.

The family will receive visitors at the DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD on Friday, August 16 from 2:00 to 4:00 and from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

A graveside service will take place at Parklawn Memorial Gardens, 12800 Veirs Mill Rd, Rockville, MD on Saturday, August 17 at 11:30 a.m. A memorial service celebrating Eleanor’s life will then be held at 1:30 PM at The Gaithersburg Church of the Nazarene, 8921 Warfield Rd, Gaithersburg, MD. Food and fellowship to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the:

Cunningham Scholarship
Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary
Global Mission, Church of the Nazarene
17001 Prairie Star Pkwy
Lenexa, KS 66220


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