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Official Obituary of

Ruby Nell Cunningham

1929 ~ 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Ruby Cunningham Obituary

Ruby Nell Cunningham was born on Thursday, June 6, 1929, to two loving and caring parents, Spurgeon Doc and Annie Mae Simpson in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Ruby was the second child out of six children. She received her education in Spartanburg, South Carolina School system.

Ruby relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a young adult. In the upcoming years, she met and later married Anderson Cunningham, Jr. This union was blessed with a blended family of four children. God continued to bless this union and saw fit to add eight more children to complete the family circle.

As the family grew, mom worked to help dad provide a good life and education for their children. The Sacred Heart and Hopkins House Rehabilitation Nursing Homes employed mom as an environmental worker. She also worked as a cook. Mom was grateful for the opportunity to work in these positions, but she wanted more for herself and her children; therefore, she continued to seek out other employment. She later secured employment with the School Board of Philadelphia as a school bus driver for several years. She later accepted a position at William Penn High School to work in the classroom with children with special needs. Mom retired from the School Board with over 25 years of dedicated service.

Mom’s work did not stop there; she also cared for her daughters Denise and Renee. At times she traveled hundreds of miles by car to Spartanburg to care for her mother for months at a time. Mom was not tired yet, she remained faithful to her marriage vows through sickness and health, caring for her husband Anderson Jr. until his demise. Her work continued as she also raised children to whom she had not given birth; opening the doors of her home to provide them with a stable place to live that they could call home.

Mom knew she needed someone greater than herself to help lead and guide her through life’s journey. Mom became a member of Victory Memorial Baptist Church where she began to cultivate a relationship with Jesus Christ under the leadership of Reverend Matthew Henderson who served as her Pastor for at least 20 years. Mom was a woman of faith and a faithful and active member at Victory until her health would not allow her to attend in-person services. We can still hear mom’s soft voice echo these words, “There is a man upstairs who knows all about every situation and he will take care of you, trust and believer he will make all things alright.”

Our mother, who was affectionately called “MOM” by so many others, enjoyed cooking sweet treats, such as sweet potato pies, peach cobblers, deep dish apple pies, lemon meringue pie, an assortment of cakes, and her famous Banana Pudding, with other southern style foods on Saturday for Sunday dinners and holidays, inviting family and friends to come over and enjoy a meal. Mom made every holiday special in our home.

Mom was able to experience traveling with one of her closest friends, Bernadine, “Aunt Bernie”, to Nassau Bahamas and Las Vegas in addition to local trips. During the summertime, they would rent a home at the Wildwood shores to spend time away with their children.

On February 12, 2024, while at home mom answered the Master’s call and peacefully transitioned from this life into the care of a loving God.

Mom is preceded in death by her husband, Anderson Jr.; children, Terry, Denise, Janie, Willie, and Sonny; three grandchildren, Pam, Tyrell, and Nadreena; her parents, Doc and Annie Mae Simpson; father and mother-in-law, Anderson Sr. and Pauline Cunningham; one daughter-in-law, Wilma; one brother, Curtis; two sisters, Ruth and Pearlie; seven brothers-in-law, Jerry, Rusell, TC, Robert, Joe, Noble, and William; two sisters-in-law, Flossie and Elizabeth, and a special friend, Ruth Sample.

Ruby leaves a legacy and garden of fond memories to be cherished: seven children, Cecil, Norman (Sonia), Delores (Stephon), Peggy (Raheem), Renee, Leonard, and Arethia; 26 grandkids, 47 great grand kids, 7 great-great grand kids; two sisters, Rose (Raymond) and Elizabeth; one sister-in-law, Earlene Cunningham, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and her church family.

Our mother was the very essence of Phenomenal. We love you Mom and we knew you loved us by the love you put into action.

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February 24, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Victory Memorial Baptist Church
2216 North 29th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132

Funeral Service
February 24, 2024

10:00 AM
Victory Memorial Baptist Church
2216 North 29th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132

Interment following funeral service
February 24, 2024

Greenmount Cemetery
4301 N. Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140


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