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Lola Faye Montgomery Lanham Cunningham, 78, of Vici, OK, passed away April 3, 2017 in Vici, OK. She was born July 11, 1938 in Cement, Caddo County, OK to the late Hershel Montgomery and Ester Myrtle Tilley. She was raised in Sentinel, OK. After graduation in 1956, she moved to Oklahoma City where she worked at Western Union and met Charles Wesley Lanham. In 1958, they married and lived in Oklahoma City and had four children, before moving to Houston, TX in 1971. Her and Charles also lived in Dayton, TX, Lake Jackson, TX, and New Orleans, LA before returning to Sentinel, OK.
She worked many places over the years, a church secretary (Royalwood Baptist, Houston), an insurance office secretary (Holt Insurance, Dayton, TX), and co-manager with Charles of several Motel 6 establishments and a bank teller (Southwest State Bank, now All American Bank, Sentinel, OK). After Charles' death, she met Gerald Cunningham while visiting Charles' brother and sister-in-law in Vici.
She and Gerald married April 25, 2006 and they made their home in Vici, OK. She enjoyed living the life as a farmer's wife. She enjoyed playing SkipBo and dominoes. While Lola's health allowed, they enjoyed playing cards, having lunch and volunteering at the Vici Senior Center. Lola spent the last two years in the Vici Nursing Home, due to complications caused by a stroke and Alzheimer's, with Gerald faithfully joining her for every meal. Lola believed in Christ's redemption and looked forward to eternal life. She will be greatly missed, but will always be loved and remembered fondly.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother James Montgomery; husband of 43 years, Charles Lanham and step-daughter Cheryl Roberts.
Survivors include her husband of 11 years, Gerald Cunningham; her children: Rhonda (Elton) Stroud of Lakewood, CO, Chuck Lanham of Iraq, Regina (Jim) Haynes of Baytown, TX and Lori (Clint) Alexander of Singapore; brother-in-law Floyd (Dee) Lanham of Vici, OK; sister-in-law Deloris (Wayne) Daugherty of Arapaho, OK; step-daughter Brenda (Steve) Neagle of Vici, OK; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services were held Thursday April 6, 2017 at 10:00 am at the First Christian Church, Vici, Oklahoma and Friday April 7, 2017 at 10:00 am at the First Baptist Church, Sentinel, Oklahoma burial following at Sentinel Cemetery, Sentinel, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family at shawfuneralhome.net. Shaw Funeral Home of Vici
Published on April 5, 2017
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