Graveside Services for Lucille Cunningham, age 94, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, formerly of Wayne, will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne on Monday, November 25th at 11:00 a.m. There will be no Visitation. She passed away on November 14th, 2019 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Memorials may be directed to Lucille’s family for later designation. Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Lucille Dorothy (Brockman) Cunningham was a miracle baby, born at home in Monroe, Nebraska on May 2, 1925, the first child of Henry and Dorothy Brockman. The family farmed in eastern Nebraska and grew to include 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
Lucille attended country schools, and graduated from Fullerton High School in 1943. She then taught in the rural schools around Fullerton until meeting the Love of her Life, returning and decorated WW2 veteran Lemoyne R. Cunningham.
The two were married in Fullerton, Nebraska in June of 1947 and lived there for several years while Lucille taught school and Lemoyne started a career with the USDA. The couple moved to Wayne Nebraska in 1950 where Lemoyne continued with the USDA and Lucille taught in the rural schools. The couple adopted their son, Mark Allan, in 1955 and built a new home on an acreage south of Wayne.
They moved to Blair, Nebraska following Lemoyne’s transfer. Lucille finished her education degree at Wayne State College and began teaching in the Blair public schools. She was responsible for starting and directing the Special Reading Program in the Blair Public School system, while attending the University of Nebraska-Omaha, graduating with a Master of Science in Special Education.
In 1971 the family moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado following Lemoyne’s retirement. They operated several apartment houses during the seventies, during which time Lucille also served as President of the AAUW.
In the eighties the couple built a retirement home in Mesa, Arizona and Lucille, in partnership with her son Mark, built a real estate investment company, the West One Group. They concentrated on redevelopment of neglected residential and commercial properties in west Colorado Springs.
Lemoyne died in 1990 and Lucille kept involved in the community thru her position as President of the Old Colorado City Historical Society. Lucille was responsible for the acquisition of a new home for the Society and obtaining/assembling grant and donation funding to restore the historic former First Baptist Church into a new office and museum for the Historical Society.
Lucille lived her last decade and a half in the home she’d built on the Mesa, near the Overlook of Garden of the Gods. She loved her home with it’s patios, waterfalls and gardens, as well as painting in the art studio she’d specially included in the design.
Lucille was preceded in death by her beloved husband Lemoyne, two children who died shortly after birth, both of her parents, two sisters and both brothers.
She is survived by her son Mark and a sister, Irlavere.