A memorial service will take place at Fort Logan National Cemetery on November 14 at 12:15 P. M. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Denver Hospice.

Doris Thurman Cunningham

September 5, 1930
Passed Away:
November 8, 2016
Memorial Service

A memorial service will take place at Fort Logan National Cemetery on November 14 at 12:15 P. M. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Denver Hospice.


Doris (Thurman) Cunningham, 86, passed away peacefully at the Denver Hospice on Tuesday, November 8. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Udell Cunningham, and her three children: Patti (Cunningham) Swier of Macon, GA.; Wayne Cunningham of Aurora, Colorado; and Terri (Cunningham) Findley of Edmond, OK; and her daughters’ spouses Thomas Swier and Michael Findley; as well as six grandchildren: Dana (Swier) Huff of Worcester, MA.; Lara (Swier) Fondulis of San Antonio, TX.; Matthew Findley of Rome, GA.; Martin Cunningham of Great Falls, MT.; Rebecca (Findley) Robison of Richmond, TX.; and Amy (Findley) Hardin of Plattsburg, MO.; 17 great-grandchildren; her sister Penny (Thurman) Paul of Palm Desert, CA.; and brother Lynn Doyle Thurman of San Angelo, TX.; and numerous family and friends. Her parents E. T. Thurman and Lucille (Willis) Thurman and siblings Willis Thurman, Billy Thurman, and Winnie (Thurman) Bolding predeceased her.

Doris was born in Enville, OK. on September 5, 1930, and spent much of her childhood in Oklahoma before the family relocated to Lockney, Texas, where she met her husband. They were married on October 27, 1950, in Clovis, NM. They shared many wonderful years together, living in Texas before Udell served in the U. S. Air Force. The Cunninghams lived in Enid, Oklahoma; Sherman, Texas; Toul-Rosières, France; Wiesbaden, Germany; and Kaiserslautern, Germany; finally settling in Aurora in the 1960’s.

Doris was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to many.

Doris loved to sew and worked for many years as a professional seamstress, owning her own business doing alterations and custom tailoring and specializing in Western shirts. She spent many happy hours in her sewing room. She loved to cheer on the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies.


17 Responses to Doris Thurman Cunningham

  1. Patti Bieber says:

    So sorry for your loss

  2. Lara says:

    I love you Granna. Me and Dana will never forget you.

  3. Connie Lue says:

    Will will miss you, Sweet Aunt Doris.

  4. Marilyn Goodman says:

    Doris was a wonderful, loving friend and a great adopted aunt and grandma. She will always be in our hearts.

  5. Martin says:

    Granna – you were loved so much and will be missed by many. I hope you can now RIP. I…we all love you very much!! So thankful the little boys and I came to visit this summer. Love you!!!

  6. Darcy Zeppernick says:

    Dear Granna, You were one of the reasons I chose to be a seamstress. When I think of you I feel safety and comfort. I will always hold you dear to my heart.

  7. Cindy Nichols says:

    She will missed by everyone she touched

  8. Melba Hubbard says:

    a very special lady and friend I loved visiting with her and Udel and I loved her cooking. She loved her children and grands and would be excited when telling me about all of you. I can see her talking to Herman in heaven, I know that they are enjoying that new body. Love and prayers to all of you, I feel that I know all of you

  9. James Goodman says:

    Doris was family for me and with Udell they spent many holidays with us or invited us to share with their family. She was like a grandmother to my daughter Lindsay. She was a sweet and kind lady and I am grateful to have known her. To her children I say, your Mom was a wonderful person.

  10. Dell Hobbs Taylor says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Doris! I have so many fond memories of her growing up. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Dee Enger says:

    To my beloved friend of 47 years, My heart is broken that you are gone. I hold you in my heart forever.I will miss all that your are and have been and all out times together, love you. My love and prayers to out to the family.

  12. Butch and Brenda Guinn says:

    So glad we got to know and love her she is one of the sweetest lady God has pick a wonderful angel. We sure will miss her.

  13. Laurin Baldwin says:

    Peace and strength to you all.

  14. Karen Schwieder says:

    Doris was the most beautiful lady, inside and out. She patched my boys’ jeans when I could not afford to buy them new ones. She altered my clothes when I lost weight. I couldn’t ask for a better friend. I can’t believe she’s no longer with us. My heart is heavy with grief. I’m so sorry and my prayers go out to her family and friends. I am fortunate to have had her in my life. We both had breast cancer; hers was 2 years prior to mine. She will remain in my heart forever.

  15. "Junior" Billy Loid Thurman says:

    Aunt Doris so sorry to hear your gone. Love you.

  16. Dana says:

    Granna, I love you so much. I hope that you will hear the eulogy today. I am so very blessed to have had you in my life.

  17. Eletta Edward says:

    I met Doris in the1970’s and she was not only my seamstress, but a very loving and dear friend. She treated my family like they were her family and we had a lot of laughs throughout the years. She was there when my husband, Harry passed in 1981 and helped me and our children through a trying time with her friendship and her words of wisdom. I will miss you Doris and our good conversations and your everlasting friendship.

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