Obituary published Oct. 25, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger
Mabel K. Houf Cunningham, 93, of Montgomery City, MO, died on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at the New Florence Nursing and Care Center in New Florence, MO.
One of ten children, Mabel K. Houf Cunningham was born near Middletown, MO, on November 17, 1918 to Gordon Clare Houf and Thora Jeanette White Houf. Teaching was her lifelong passion. Upon graduating from Middletown High School, she received an offer to teach in a one-room school near Williamsburg, MO. She received teacher training at the College of the Ozarks (now the University of the Ozarks) in Clarksville, Arkansas from 1937 until 1938. While continuing to teach, she worked on a teaching degree, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1955.
Mabel taught elementary students for 44 years. Her first ten years were spent in Callaway County at High Point, Gregory, Williamsburg and Grant Schools. The remainder of her career was spent in Montgomery County at New Florence, Bellflower, and Jonesburg. Hundreds of fifth grade students have named Mrs. Cunningham as their teacher.
Mabel married Herbert Hansen Cunningham in High Hill, MO, on December 31, 1944 and they made their home in Montgomery City. Herbert preceded her in death on January 25, 1991. Mabel was a member of the Montgomery City Christian Church, as well as the Montgomery County Area Retired School Personnel Association. Following retirement, she and her husband were "winter Texans" for several years, living in the Harlingen area; they enjoyed square dancing in Texas as well as in their home community. Mabel was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #323 in Warrenton, MO.
Preceding Mabel in death were her parents, her husband, brothers: William Houf of Miller, MO; Sam Houf of Wichita, Kansas; Harry Houf of Wellsville, MO; and Raymond Houf of Unionville, MO; and sisters: Virginia Daniels of Aurora, MO; Evelyn Paris of Kansas City, MO; Cannie Christenson of Vandalia, MO; and Alice Garrett of St. Louis, MO. Surviving are her sister, Ruth McDannold of Mexico, MO; sister-in-law, Betty Houf of Mexico, MO; and many nieces and nephews including: Robert Houf, Herbert Ray Houf and Judy Gail Houf Turner, all of Unionville, MO; William G. Houf of Livermore, CA; Susan Phelps of Livermore, CO; Dr. Ted Garrett of St. Louis, MO; Kathy Garrett Moros of Suffolk, VA; Gary Heim and wife, Janet, of Middletown, MO; Mary Anne Hensley Asay of Pocatello, Idaho; Karen Rex Paris DeWitt of Wichita, KS; Gordon B. Houf of Mexico, MO; Jim Houf and Danny Houf of Wellsville, MO; Steve McDannold of Rocky Mount, MO; and Diana McDannold Norman and husband, Fred, of Tipton, MO.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at the Schlanker Funeral Home in Montgomery City, MO. The Reverend Gary Bailey will officiate and interment will be in the Fairmount Cemetery in Middletown, MO. Visitation will be held from Noon until the time of service on Saturday at the Schlanker Funeral Home in Montgomery City, MO. Casketbearers include Gary Heim, Tom Riddle, Fred Norman, Gordon and Jim Houf, and Steve McDannold. Honorary Casketbearer includes Joe Crane.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the student scholarship fund of the Montgomery County High School or The American Cancer Fund, c/o Schlanker Funeral Home, 207 Danville Road, Montgomery City, MO 63361.
Condolences may be made to www.schlankerfuneralhome.com