Kate Frances Parker Cunningham peacefully departed this life on March 4, 2020. She was born on August 29, 1947 in Money, Mississippi. Kate met the love of her life, James Cunningham IV while attending Bangor Jr. High School. They met at Lee’s Temple Church of God in Christ which is now Lily of the Valley Church. After Kate graduated from Bangor High School she and James were married in December of 1966. To this union were born two sons – James V and Jason.
When James returned from serving in the United States Army, they moved their family to Lansing Michigan where Kate obtained her Bachelors and Master’s Degrees from Michigan State University. She was a member of the AKA Sorority. Kate’s entire 30 plus years as a teacher was dedicated to educating Lansing High School students. Kate was a member at the Tabernacle of David Church in Lansing, Michigan under the leadership of Pastor Larry Trice, Jr.
Kate was from a happy, loving family which included 13 siblings. She was raised on what became known as “The Farm” in Bangor. When the family would attend church at Lee’s Temple, Mr. Parker had a pickup truck in which he lined the back with enough seats to allow all of the children to ride to church together.
Kate is preceded in death by: Her husband, James Cunningham IV. Her parents, Mr. Elbert & Mother Annie (Hudson) Parker, Sr. Her Siblings: Viola Cooper, Annie Brunt and Robert Parker, Sr.
Kate leaves to cherish her memory: Her children, James (Elnora) Cunningham V of Phoenix, AZ and Jason Cunningham of Kalamazoo MI. Four grandchildren: Zachary, McKenna, Miles & Elijah. Great grandson: Jason James Cunningham. Great granddaughter: Daisy Michelle Cunningham. Her siblings: Thelton (Alberta) Parker, Clotee Parker Saulsbury, Fannie Parker Trimuel, Darnell Parker, Blanche Parker Tishler, Bobbie (Van) Parker Ollie, Elbert (Brenda) Parker Jr., Dorothy Parker Jarrett, John H. (Tanya) Parker and David (Jennifer) Parker.
A visitation and prepast will be held Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. in the Lady "B" Banquet Hall at Lily of the Valley Church in Covert, Michigan. Celebration of Life will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the church with Pastor Elbert Parker officiating. Kate will be laid to rest at Lakeview Cemetery in South Haven, Michigan.
To plant a tree in memory of Kate Francis Parker Cunningham, please visit our tribute store.