Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. at the Quimby United Methodist Church. Rev. Carolyn Hollar officiated. Burial was in the Quimby Cemetery.
Colleen was born on Oct. 18, 1936 at Cushing, to Harold & Mable (Smith) Clark. She graduated from Quimby High School in 1954 and then attended the Iowa Methodist School of Nursing, graduating in 1957, where she continued to work as an O.B. Supervisor and an instructor while living in Des Moines. She was married to James E. Cunningham Jr. on Aug. 9, 1959 at Quimby. She and Jim resided in Des Moines until September of 1963 when they moved back to her home farm, Northeast of Quimby. Colleen had worked at the Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital in Cherokee; she was the school nurse at Willow Community Schools; Cherokee County Public Health Nurse, retiring in 2000. She was a longtime member of the Quimby United Methodist Church, where she was active in the U.M.W., a Sunday School Teacher, Church Choir, was a Lay Leader and Lay Speaker. She was active in 4-H, Youth Extension Council, Elder Peer Program, Halo Harmony Trio, Quimby Cemetery Assoc., and had received the Shining Star Award for Volunteerism at the Governor's Conference on Aging. She also belonged to the Cherokee County Cattleman's Assoc., Iowa Cattleman's Assoc., National Cattleman's Assoc., Friends of Conservation, Red Hat Society, Associated Charities; an American Cancer Society Volunteer, was on the Siouxland Aging Board of Directors and was associated with numerous other organizations. She was a 4-H Member Speaker at the Dedication of the Iowa 4-H Camping Center. Colleen gave freely of her time, volunteering, helping others and her community. Her greatest joy, was spending time with her family, especially her grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband James on Feb. 13, 2001.
She is survived by one son: Clark Cunningham and his wife Kathy of Spencer and their children Craig, Carrie, Cayla and Casey; one daughter Cynthia Cunningham of West Des Moines; one sister Sharon Harold and her husband Paul of Portsmouth, Va.; one aunt Verline "Pat" Raley of Chesapeake, Va.; also nieces, nephews and cousins.