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Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Cunningham, 96, prepared recordings of books for the blind

Elizabeth 'Betty' Cunningham
Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Cunningham

WILMINGTON — Elizabeth “Betty” Cunningham, 96, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Wilmington.

The daughter of John and Elsie Bauer, she was born July 22, 1922, grew up in Matawan, New Jersey. She spent many summers throughout her life in her favorite “place up in the mountains,” Elka Park, New York.

She graduated from The Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey, and attended Vassar College until leaving in February 1943 to marry U.S. Army Air Corps Pilot William P. Hutchings. They resided and raised their family in Locust Valley, Long Island, New York, until Mr. Hutchings’ death in 1979.

She moved back to Summit, New Jerey, and later married Frederick H. Cunningham in 1989. The couple resided in Wilmington until Mr. Cunningham’s death in 2007, after which she remained in Wilmington with her devoted and loving caregiver, Catherine “Kay” Higgins.

She combined her love of reading with her love of children by performing many years of volunteer service, including reading to children in comas, preparing recordings of books for the blind and tutoring elementary school students.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Anne E. Nathans (Gene) of Wilmington; son, John P. Hutchings (Gail) of Diamondhead, Mississippi; and stepsons, Rick Cunningham of Bonita Springs, Florida, and Kelley Cunningham of Mesa, Arizona. She was the loving Grammy of Laura and Paul Nathans and Andrew and Bill Hutchings. She was also survived by her brother-in-law, “Mike” Meixell (Marilyn) and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service and visitation from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 9, at Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home, 582 Springfield Ave., Westfield, New Jersey. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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