Cynthia Marie Cunningham

Passed away on 22 May 2021

Cynthia Marie Cunningham

Passed away on 22 May 2021

CUNNINGHAM, Cynthia Marie (nee McKenzie):

On Saturday 22nd May 2021 just before her 87th birthday surrounded by her family. Best beloved wife of the late Hugh. Loving mother of Clare Cunningham, Sara Cunningham and Helen Jamison, Maria Cunningham, Rachel and David McDonald, Fergus Cunningham, Louise and Simon Pease, the late Angela, Anna and Alex Quinn, and Sophie Cunningham. Loved Gee of Amos, Iris, Esme and Felix Pease. Loved Granny of Mostyn McDonald, Maeve, Alice and Esther Quinn and Zek, Valli and Natty. Much loved daughter of the late T.F McKenzie and Pat Bell-McKenzie (Marnee).  Loving sister of Marcus (deceased) and Betty McKenzie, Mostyn McKenzie (deceased), Gaelyn McIntosh (deceased) and Betty Broughton.

All messages to the Cunningham family may be left on Cynthia’s tribute page at

A Requiem Mass to celebrate Cynthia’s life will be held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Victoria St, Hawera on Thursday 27 May at 11am, followed by her burial in Hawera Cemetery. A vigil rosary will be held the night before in St Joseph’s Church, Hawera at 7pm.

To the staff at Jean Sandel Retirement Village and Bronwen Pepperell, a heartfelt thanks for the gentle care of our much-loved mother.

Requiescat in Pace. 


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I was so very saddened to hear of the passing of my dearly loved friend Cynthia. We have been friends since our early nursing years in our late teens, early twenties. We also lived together a hospital cottage.

Much love, Broph.

Joy Waters ( 06 Jun 2021 )

Leonie Hughes, wife of the late Les Hughes, expresses her sincere condolences at this time of loss and sorrow for the Cunnigngham family.

Jacqueline Hughes ( 28 May 2021 )

To the cunningham family- your mother was a blessing to us for many years with her consistent support and presence . A true friend who stayed the course as was your father. We would not be who we are without the quiet unwavering support of cynthia and hugh. true angels both of them.

Mairead bulfin ( 27 May 2021 )

To the Cunningham whanau...
Thinking of you at this very sad time... loving memories of both Cynthia and
Hugh... not to mention the girls!! You are in our minds and prayers with
gratitude for all Cynthia has been in our lives.
Blessings of peace to each of you.]
Arohanui, Marie Skidmore for Srs of St Joseph

Marie Skidmore ( 27 May 2021 )

⁣⁣As I sit here in Melbourne, I am taking a quiet moment to remember a truly remarkable woman. I remember her so vividly from my childhood days as a person of strength, integrity, moral clarity and a wonderful sense of humour - a great mother, an important contributor to her community and great friend to our family. I was so sorry to hear Cynthia had passed away and my thoughts are with her family and friends. Her memory lives on in me, and I have no doubt in the many others who knew and loved her. With a heavy heart, Nick (Kusalic)

Nick Kusalic ( 26 May 2021 )

My deepest condolences to the Cunningham whanau. I have fond memories of your mum. Her kindness and Christ like values were always present whenever I spent time in the Cunningham household. To me, she was an angel. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Kia kaha! From Karwyn Werder (Whangarei)

Karwyn Werder ( 25 May 2021 )

Our families have been friends for years and it is with those very fond memories and love that I send this message of sympathy and support. Cynthia was a remarkable lady and mother and I feel very lucky to have had her as a special person in my life as I know you all do. I am so very proud to carry her name as my middle name. Sending all our love Mary, Philip, Theo and Gabe xx

Mary Kusalic-Murphy ( 25 May 2021 )

Dear Sophie and family. Thinking of you all at this sad time. My deepest sympathy at the loss of your dear mum. Carla Perry

Carla Perry ( 24 May 2021 )