Lera Fitzgerald Cunningham, 96, met her husband of 68 years on a blind date

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Lera Fitzgerald Cunningham
Lera Fitzgerald Cunningham

Lera Cunningham, 96, of Williamsburg, slipped into the arms of Jesus on Nov. 12, 2016.

Born to Howard Boyd and Lillian Poe Fitzgerald on Sept. 13, 1920, in Roanoke, Virginia, she was the middle child of seven siblings. She met her future husband, Herbert Meade Cunningham, on a blind date and soon after they were married in April of 1939.

As a homemaker and mother, she excelled and always put family first. As a member of Grace Baptist Church for many years she taught Sunday school, led vacation bible school, served on the accounting committee and was a willing servant, ready to do whatever needed to be done.

Lera was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Herbert. She is survived by her two daughters, Elizabeth Libby (Walter) and Lera Coulter; four grandchildren, Shelley Coulter, Scott Coulter, Marie Libby Micheletti (Christopher) and Shannon Libby; two great-grandchildren, Joshua and Sadie Micheletti; and close family friend, Elissa Lynn.

She resided at Trinity Assisted Living for the last four years and her family would like to express thanks to all the wonderful staff who took such good care of her.

A graveside service will be held at Williamsburg Memorial Park on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. Steve Wiley will officiate. She always said, “Give me flowers while I am living not when I’m dead.”

In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Online condolences may be shared at www.bucktroutfuneralhome.net.