LaVerne Cunningham, 86, of Sikeston, formerly of Cape Girardeau and Jackson, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at the home of her daughter in Sikeston.

She was born May 24, 1930, in Harrisburg, Arkansas, to James H. and Nora Foster Pace. She and Eugene N. Cunningham were married November 19, 1948, in Harrisburg, by her grandfather, Rev. G. S. Robbins. LaVerne and Eugene shared 57 wonderful years together when he passed away January 25, 2006.

LaVerne was salutatorian of the Harrisburg High School class of 1948.   She and Eugene owned and operated the former High View Park Service Station in Fruitland for 25 years. She also served as an Avon representative for 15 years. Laverne was an avid NASCAR fan and loved doing crossword puzzles.

Loving survivors include her daughter, Jeanne Kestner of Sikeston; a grandson Shawn (Ryann) Seabaugh of Sikeston; four great grandchildren, Kyler, Rylan, Gavin, and Jacob.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Don and James Pace Jr., and her son-in-law, Johnny Kestner.

The visitation will be Saturday, September 10, 2016, from 11 am to service time, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral service will be at Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 1 p.m., at the funeral home, with the Rev. Sam Roethemeyer officiating.

Interment will follow at Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.

The family suggests memorials take the form of contributions to Tri-County Hospice.

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  1. Pam

    What a beautiful woman inside and out! Missed but never forgotten

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