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Annabel Cunningham

Annabel Cunningham, 99, Polo, died on Friday, May 16, 2014.  

She was born Jan. 18, 1915, in Polo, to Bertha (Gilbert) and Henry M. Stauffer.  

She married John Cunningham, Jr. on Oct. 6, 1933, and to this union were born three children:  Carolyn (Kenneth) Hillsten, Dean (Nancy) Cunningham, and Sylvia (Thomas) Howell.   

John and Annabel farmed for over 40 years in the Polo area, moving into Polo in 1981 for retirement.

Annabel was a lifelong member of the Church of the Brethren and was very active in the life of the church, teaching Sunday School, serving on many committees, and helping to cook many dinners.

She was the longest active member of the Polo Garden Club.  She loved flowers and gardening, growing many varieties and happily sharing them with others.

For more than 20 years Annabel was a 4-H leader, mentoring many students and providing leadership to adults through the Ogle County Extension Service.  

She is survived by her children; her grandchildren, Kevin (Catherine) Hillsten, Denise (Jim) Taylor, Jennifer, Alyssa, and Michael (Kathleen) Cunningham, Alexander (Priscilla Goble) Howell, Anthony (Allison) Howell, Kim (Veikko) Mielonen, Christopher (Cathy) Derner;  great-grandchildren Brian (Ashley) Hillsten, Troy Hillsten, Nichole Dean, Veikko, Megan, and Jenna Meilonen, Mick and Zach Derner, and Alissa (Ryan) McCaffrey; and two great-great grandchildren, Braden Hillsten and Madison Dean.

She was predeceased by her husband, John; her parents; four brothers and spouses, Wilbur (Elvina), Robert (Hazel), Harold (Pearl), and James (Helen) Stauffer; as well as a granddaughter, Monica Howell. 

Visitation and the funeral service was May 19 at Polo Church of the Brethren.  Burial followed at Fairmount Cemetery.

Arrangements were completed by Polo Family Funeral Home.

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Memorial donations may be made to any of the following:  Polo Church of the Brethren, 401 S. Congress Ave., Polo, IL 61064; Polo Ambulance Fund, c/o Polo Fire Department, 200 S. Franklin Ave., Polo, IL   61064; Ogle County 4-H Foundation, P.O. Box 293, Oregon, IL  61061; or Polo Community School Foundation, Polo Community Unit School District #222, 100 Union Avenue, Polo, IL  61064.

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