Catherine Mary Cunningham

February 15, 1917 - May 29, 2018
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Catherine Mary Fitzgerald Cunningham (“Kate”), 101, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at her home in Galveston, Texas. Kate was born on February 15, 1917, to Harry James and Clara Elvira (Guyette) Fitzgerald in Manchester, New Hampshire. She was the second oldest of seven children (Elizabeth, Catherine, Johnny, Ruth, Edna, Anna, Harry). Kate and her family boarded a ship in New York bound for their new home in Galveston, arriving in May, 1927. She attended Ursuline Academy in Galveston and graduated as Salutatorian in the Class of 1933. After graduation, Kate landed a job as a cashier at the Galveston Woolworth’s, followed by a position in the Federal Government, serving at Fort Crockett as an administrative coordinator. On a business trip to Galveston in 1948, Joseph Henry Cunningham (“Joe”) met Kate at Fort Crockett; they were married on November 29, 1952, in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, followed by a reception in the Palm Room at the Hotel Galvez in Galveston. The newlyweds moved to Beaumont, TX, where Joe ran his own business, Cunningham Engineering Co. After her children (Kathryn, Michael, Nancy) were young adults, Kate returned to work for the Federal Government and retired after a total of 25 years of service. Always one to stay busy, Kate continued to volunteer at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital gift shop, an opportunity for her to bring cheer to the patients, and to shower her granddaughters with numerous gifts. A few years after Joe’s death, Kate returned to Galveston to live nearer to her sisters, daughters and grandchildren.

Kate was a devout Catholic and faithfully attended St. Patrick’s Church regularly. She was an exemplary mother, raising her three children with smiles, a loving spirit and fun in her heart; she always emphasized that they be all that they could be. She especially adored being a grandmother, and then a great grandmother. Kate was an expert bowler, played a mean game of Canasta and Bridge, and could talk up a storm. On her sister Ruth’s birthday in 2002, Kate and her sisters Ruth, Liz, and Anna, all in their 80s, spent the entire night awake and talking, and were hoarse the next morning. Shopping was also one of Kate’s passions, and she could outlast even her granddaughters in pursuit of the best deal!

Kate is survived by sister, Anna Fitzgerald Kaiser, of Galveston; daughter, Dr. Kathryn Ann Cunningham and spouse Randy Lee Carey of Galveston; son, Michael Anthony Cunningham and spouse Charlotte Maxey Cunningham of Beaumont, TX; daughter, Nancy Cunningham Young and spouse Clarence Earl Young of Santa Fe, TX; grandchildren, Cheyanne Elizabeth Young and spouse Christopher Austin Plummer of Tomball, TX; Cathryn Angelica Young of Santa Fe, TX; Meredith Lynd McMurray and spouse Thomas Wade McMurray of Beaumont, TX; great grandchildren Hallie Elizabeth Young of Tomball and Clare Annabelle McMurray of Beaumont; and numerous relatives, including niece Valerie Kaiser Helms and spouse Ray Michael Helms, La Marque, TX.

Very special thanks go to all the wonderful staff at Concord Assisted Living, to include, but not limited to Judy, Kim, Velmashia, Diane, Wanda and, also, Dr. Erin Hommel for the wonderful care afforded to Kate over the years.

Kate’s family will receive visitors beginning at 9:00 am, Friday, June 1, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Galveston. Funeral mass will begin at 10:00 am at St. Patrick’s.  Graveside service will be 3:00 pm Friday at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Beaumont, TX.




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Date: Friday, June 1, 2018

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic Church


1010 35th St. & Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Service Information

Date: Friday, June 1, 2018

Time: 10:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic Church


1010 35th St. & Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Date: Friday, June 1, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm

Forest Lawn Cemetery, Beaumont, TX.


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Born: February 15, 1917
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Mary Jane Buttrill posted on 6/21/18

Dear Kathryn, Michael and Nancy, I have such loving memories of your mother because of her kindness to my mother when I brought her to Beaumont in 1994. Although my mother, Mollye, was about 9 years older but very lively for her age, the two of them enjoyed each other's company. Catherine and I became acquainted also and I found her friendliness and happy disposition a big plus for my family, also. The two of them took one of the first cruises out of Galveston and brought back that very attractive photo taken with the local T V weatherman and his girlfriend. Our mothers looked great. My husband and I were so happy to have mother and Catherine "cruise" with us to Alaska, too. What a coincidence that my son, John, would later meet Kathryn at the Corps of Engineers in Galveston. I would like to keep in touch and send some photos taken on the Alaskan cruise. My husband died in '07,and Mother in '08 ( age 100) I have happy memories of all as you much have of Catherine. Mary Jane Buttrill


Charlotte Maxey Cunningham posted on 6/1/18

Rest In Peace Catherine. You were very good to me and the most wonderful mother in law a girl could have. I will treasure all the memories of the times we shared and will think of you lovingly , always.


Francis Thompson posted on 5/31/18

Catherine was the sweetest, most pleasant lady I ever met. We live across the street from her and Joe on Bryan Drive in Beaumont. We sent Christmas cards for years after she moved. I have missed her and so sad to see this in our paper today. She was a blessing to everyone. So sorry for your loss. Francis and George Thompson


Sandra Fitzgerald posted on 5/31/18

My thoughts & prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.