August 2, 1914 - March 8, 2017
Ferrel Cunningham, 102, of Medford, Oregon passed away March 8, 2017. Ferrel was born August 2, 1914 in St Louis, Missouri to Charles and Racine Allton. She attended St. Louis schools studying commercial art at Hadley.
In 1935 Ferrel married John M. Stiebel; they had one son, David Rolf Stiebel. In 1936 the family moved to southern California. She remarried in 1942 to Loren J. “Buzz” Cunningham who spent the war years in the United States Marine Corps in the South Pacific. After being discharged he went to work for Western Airlines. In 1957 he was hired by the Shah of Iran’s government which was building the first commercial airline in that region. When his contract was up, instead of returning to the United States, he and Ferrel decided they wanted to see more of the world. From then until his retirement they stayed in Europe and the Middle East.
In 1975 they returned to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Mr. Cunningham passed away in 1981. After visiting family in southern California, Ferrel was traveling home to Jackson Hole. She stopped for an overnight stay in Medford. The Little town impressed her so much that she left the next morning thinking she might move away from Wyoming’s hard winters. She moved to Medford shortly after. In November she met a woman who became a lifelong friend with whom she was drawn into the church affairs and began playing bridge as a hobby. Another hobby was photography which she picked up while traveling Europe and the Middle East.
She leaves two granddaughters, four great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, a nephew, two great-nieces, and two great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, David R. Stiebel in 2009; and a granddaughter, Joy Stiebel in 1996.