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Margaret "Midge" R. Cunningham

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Margaret "Midge" R. Cunningham
Bettendorf, IA
Died on Friday, December 15th, 2017

3:30pm to 6:30pm Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Weerts Funeral Home
10:30am Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
St. John Vianney Catholic Church
Margaret R. “Midge” Cunningham, 69, of Bettendorf, died Friday December 15, 2017 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. Family will greet friends 3:30 to 6:30pm Tuesday at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly and Jersey Ridge Roads, Davenport. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10:30 on Wednesday December 20, 2017 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 4097 18th Street, Bettendorf. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or Catholic Charities in her name.

Midge was born in 1948, the daughter of Lucy Jane (Yates) and Leo T. Broughton, Sr. in Hannibal, MO. Midge always spoke fondly of her years on her family’s Shelbina, MO farm playing with siblings and cousins, engaging in extended family gatherings, and attending a one-room K-8 school of which seven of her siblings comprised the twelve-pupil student body. Her family eventually moved away from the farm to nearby Hannibal, MO, then to Illinois, and ultimately settled in Davenport, IA where she graduated from Assumption High School and attended Fontbonne University, Clayton, MO.

In Davenport, IA, she met and later married the love of her life, Tom Cunningham, on September 14, 1968, in Rock Island, IL and spent 49 wonderful years with him. While Midge focused on her family, she found time to explore her diverse interests, including reading, Art and Art History, American and World History, cooking, gardening, and knitting. In the 70’s, Midge started an Art History education program at her children’s elementary school, regularly taught her children and their classmates about famous artists and their works, and came to be affectionately known as the “Art Lady”. Her love of knitting leaves a lasting legacy and impact on the many children who received one of her cherished stuffed elephants, which she continued to knit while undergoing chemo-therapy treatment.

Midge was always very active in various parish ministries, receiving greatest satisfaction from her work with the less fortunate. Supporting people with medical needs held a special place in her heart, especially her work with the Haiti Medical Mission in Memphis, TN, the Inter-Faith Health Clinic in Knoxville, TN, and the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, an affiliate of Lions Club International. Midge particularly found rewarding the work Tom, his service dog, and she did transporting corneas prepared for transplant to restore sight to the blind.

Midge learned the importance of family, hard work, and gratitude for everything one has. These values, taught to her by her parents, laid the foundation for a person who spent the rest of her life helping and supporting others.

Those left to remember her include her husband, daughter Maureen “Molly” (Curt) Ruoff of Malvern, PA, son Daniel (Brandi Potestio) Cunningham of Westminster, CO, son Stephen Cunningham of Knoxville, TN, 7 sisters, Jane Broughton, Carol Broughton, Cathy Broughton, Barb (Craig) Hergenroether, Patricia Wahlheim, Jackie Broughton, Mary O’Leary, 5 brothers, Don (Linda) Broughton, Louis Broughton, Leo Broughton, Jr, Joseph Broughton, John Broughton, many nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Michael Broughton, and sister-in-law Kimberly Broughton.

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