Shirley A. Cunningham
82, of Globe, Arizona, passed Sunday, March 23, 2014. She was born in Globe, Arizona, daughter of Clara A. (Blum) and J. Dee Matlock. She is survived by her four children, Carl A. Cunningham (Ted Moulin) of Tucson, Earl C. "Buff" Cunningham, III of Safford, Cayci L. Vuksanovich (Louis) and Scott D. Cunningham of Globe and nine grandchildren, Kendell Blake (Kyle), Brandon Leyva, Taylar Gutierrez (Casey), E.C. Cunningham IV, Makenzie Vuksanovich, Brianne, Sam (Ashley) and Deidra Cunningham and Simone Sheppard (Brent) and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Earl C. Cunningham, Jr. Shirley graduated from Globe High School at the age of 16 and from the University of Arizona in 1951. While at the University of Arizona she met returning World War II veteran Earl C. Cunningham, Jr., a Yuma farm boy. They married in Globe on December 22, 1950. She and Earl bought State Supply Company, a Candy, tobacco and restaurant wholesale supply company in 1956 and sold it in 1980 to focus their full attention on Matlock Gas and Equipment Company, for which they assumed full responsibility in 1970, after the death of J. Dee Matlock. They operated this family-owned business to include Safford, Rye and Lordsburg, New Mexico. Currently there are 20 employees in the four locations. For over 50 years, Shirley was a member of the White Mountain Chapter #8 Order of the Eastern Star and the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America Sphinx Court #65. She and Earl were also members of the National Candy Wholesalers Association, the Arizona Propane Gas Association and the National Propane Gas Association. In 2002, were awarded the prestigious Pioneer Award from the Arizona Propane Gas Association for their 50 years of contributions to the propane industry. She was devoted to her family. She was an avid supporter of many causes-charitable, religious and political-and was an active and outspoken conservative Republican. She loved the ocean, especially at Ocean Beach, the Sacramento Jazz Festival and her very special dogs and cats. Arrangements by LAMONT MORTUARY.