Gladys Cunningham

Gladys Mildred Cunningham passed away November 11, 2020.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

Gladys was born January 16, 1927 to Kyrn and Jennie (Van Slooten) Ruis in Pease. She married William “Bill” Cunningham on December 9, 1950 and together they had two children. Gladys worked at various places in the Brainerd Lakes Area, including Madden’s Resort, before she retired. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Brainerd. She enjoyed spending time with family, reading books and traveling in her senior years. Gladys moved into Northern Lakes Senior Living, Baxter, in February 2016 and truly loved living there. She had many good friends who were as special to her as she was to them. Gladys will be dearly missed by all who knew her. 

She is survived by one daughter, Susan (Ed) Jopling, Henderson, NV; one son, Carl Cunningham, Merrifield; one grandson, Joshua Cunningham, Phoenix, AZ; two brothers, Marvin Ruis, Everett WA, Homer Glen, IL. and one sister Violet Plankis, Homer Glen, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; three brothers, Andrew Ruis, Eibert Ruis, Donald Ruis; and three sisters, Grace Godeke, Janet Vedders and Betty Stonecipher.

Arrangements were by Brenny Family Funeral Chapel.

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