Luana B. Cunningham

Luana B. Cunningham, beloved sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, dedicated Alumni Director, and faithful member of the Pineville community, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2024, in Alexandria at the age of 76. Born on December 28, 1947, in Marksville, Louisiana, Luana was a proud graduate of Marksville High School and went on to work at Louisiana College in the Alumni Department retiring after 30-some-odd years.

A pillar of her community, Luana was a valued member of First Baptist Church in Pineville, where she generously gave her time and talents. She was known for her involvement in various church activities, from Sunday School to volunteering as an Office Assistant and participating in the Women on Missions group. Luana’s dedication to prayer was evident through her membership in the Bi-Monthly Intercessory Women’s Prayer Group, where she offered support and love to those in need.

Alongside her professional and church commitments, Luana was an avid reader, continuously expanding her knowledge and enriching her life. She cherished time spent with her daughter Brooke and found joy in the simple moments of life.

Her funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2024, at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Pineville with Deacon Mike Young and Dr. C. Stewart Holloway officiating, where friends and family will gather to honor her memory and celebrate her remarkable life. She will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Ball.

The family requests that visitation be observed at the funeral home Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.

Pallbearers will be Matthew Poche, Patrick Cunningham, Mark Cunningham, Steven Poche, Chris Cunningham, Ralph Bordelon, Francis “Gus” Gauthier, and Patrick Bordelon.

Luana was preceded in death by her husband, Hamilton “Beau” Cunningham; parents, Irwin C. and Lorraine Smith Bordelon; son, David Poche, and foster grandson, Christian Denham.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Brooke Cunningham of Pineville; stepsons, Chris Cunningham of Pineville, Mark Cunningham of Alexandria, Patrick Cunningham of Alexandria; daughter-in-law, Sabrina Poche of Rising Fawn, Georgia; sister, Yvonne McGaha of Covington; brothers, Francis “Gus” Gauthier (Patricia) of Slidell, Ralph Bordelon (Merrill) of Pensacola, Florida, and Patrick Bordelon (Trenda) of Pollock; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren, and numerous other family and friends.

Luana’s legacy of kindness, faith, and dedication will live on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be deeply missed and forever remembered.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, P.O. Box 61420 Staten Island, New York 10306.

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