Edith Cunningham

March 22nd, 2016

Edith Cunningham (McManus), age 92 of Lady Lakes, FL, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on December 15, 2015.

Edith was born on December 7, 1923 in Wilmington, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late James and Marijane (Barry) Cunningham.

Edith was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Cunningham, devoted mother of Marijane Blunk of California, Fr. Gerard Cunningham of Florida, and William Cunningham & his wife Stephanie of Rockport. Loving “Grammie” of Kiera Blunk, Lucas, Jenna, and Samuel Cunningham, dear sister of Helen Fish of California.

Edith was the Director of Wilmington Senior Center for twenty years and was instrumental in the creation of the Buzzell Senior Center. When Edith started her mission the Senior Center was just a storefront in Wilmington Plaza; she spearhead the movement to relocate the center to the Buzzell Elementary School which was an abandoned and rundown elementary school. at the time. Edith rallied the town to support the renovation, and she “cajoled” people to volunteer their time to renovate the school. Edith tirelessly oversaw its design and construction and in the new center she instituted numerous programs that benefitted thousands of Wilmington’s elder citizens. Under her leadership the Wilmington Senior Center became a shining example to other towns and cities in Massachusetts as to what a fully functioning Senior Center could and should be.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, on Friday, April 1st at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.


2 Entries in Guest Book for “Edith Cunningham”

  1. Rosie Wallent says:

    Dear Mary Jane, Gerard, and Billy, I remember catechism class taught by your mother in your basement over 50 years ago…. My deepest sympathy to you all. Rosie Wallent

  2. Frank West says:

    To the Cunningham Family- Karen and I are saddened at the passing of your mom. She was a great lady and moved mountains to help the elderly of Wilmington and make them feel welcome in the Buzzell Senior Center which she helped start. My mom was one of those seniors. I remember talking to your mom about her birthday which is the same as mine. Her legacy in Wilmington will live on for many years to come. With Deepest sympathy. Karen and Frank West

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