Ida M. Cunningham

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Funeral services for Ida M. Cunningham, 69, of Leesville, will be held at
noon on June 28 at the New Willow Missionary Baptist Church in Leesville.
Burial will follow in the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home of Leesville.
Visitation will be held
from 11 a.m. until the time of services on June 28 at the church.
Ida M. Scott was born the third child of James and Pearl Scott in Fairfield, Ala. She was baptized at an early age at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Fairfield, Ala. and
had an unwavering faith in God.
She was a faithful parishioner at New Willow Baptist Church, where she was lovingly known as the lady with the hats. Known to be easy going, she was a great friend and confidante to many.
As the
ultimate hostess, she never met a stranger, and could always magically produce a casserole if you happened to drop by. She loved cooking, gardening, and being creative; she could definitely rival Martha Stewart.
For Ida, family came
first, and she was very fierce protector. She loved spending time with her two granddaughters, especially playing games, and shopping.
She met her husband, Doug, in seventh grade. The two attended Fairfield Industrial High School, and
married in 1967, and had two daughters.
As a military wife, she continually rose to whatever challenge was before her, and excelled in everything she did.
She was the secretary for the first NAACP chapter in Fairfield, Ala.,
and was active in the Civil Rights movement.
While stationed in Vilseck, Germany she was the president of the NCO Wives Club for several years, as well as the first black mayor in the community.
After her husband retired, they
made their home in Leesville, and she continued to befriend and touch the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to cross her path.
Ida was predeceased by her father, James; brothers, Algie and Theodis; and her mother, Pearl.
Left to cherish her memory are her loving and devoted husband, Douglas; daughters, Deborah Wright (Lexington, Ma.) and Devlyn (Charlotte, N.C.) and (Roderick) Lorenzen; granddaughters, Alexandria Wright and Elise Lorenzen; her sisters, Lee Gayle
of Lynwood, Calif. and Lula Wilson of Cantonment, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, and so many very dear friends.
We love you!
Words of comfort may be expressed to the Cunningham Family at