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 Wanda Gene <I>Stephens</I> Cunningham

Wanda Gene Stephens Cunningham

Wolfforth, Lubbock County, Texas, USA
Death 4 Sep 1997 (aged 70)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Plot 3, 0, 466
Memorial ID 544939 · View Source
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Wanda Gene Stephens was born Feb 11, 1927 near Wolfforth, Texas to Jeff Franklin Stephens (1886-1941) and Polly Malinda Scott (1890-1979). She was the youngest of 7 children in the family that included; Ira Rilious (1911-1960), Alice Eloise (1913-1947), Scott Franklin (1915-1996), Donald Wayne (1918-1978), Norman Dale (1920-1991), Jeffie Lynn (1922-2013) and Wanda Gene. Wanda graduated high school in San Antonio and began a career as a secretary to various government agencies. She married Orville Ray Cunningham (1915-1977) on March 2, 1944. No children were born to that union. She passed away in San Antonio, Texas on September 4, 1997.

Her husband, Orville, was an Air Force NCO and his career took the couple to Quito, Ecuador and La Paz, Bolivia where Wanda worked as a secretary in the U.S. Embassy in each country. Wanda had a talent for composing short verse - usually a play on words about something common in life. Her work was published frequently in periodicals popular at the time including Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. Lady, The Boston Herald and others. In 1964 she published a small book called "IN A SPASM OF ENTHUSIASM" which containing some of her better work produced up to that time. Some of that work is reproduced here and if it brings a smile to your face that will be a fitting memorial to her memory. (DWS)

At radish roses,
Men turn up their noses"

We've long been a nation with stars in our eyes,
And now that we've put satellites in the skies,
Equipped with devices to view Earth or Mars,
We're also a nation with eyes in our stars.

Oh, I'm adept at writing verse.
My forte is witty punning,
But I am prone to pun away
And leave my meter running!

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  • Maintained by: Donald W. Stephens
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 544939
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Wanda Gene Stephens Cunningham (11 Feb 1927–4 Sep 1997), Find A Grave Memorial no. 544939, citing Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Donald W. Stephens (contributor 48160536) .