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Updated: 02/13/2014 03:40:59PM

Dorothy ‘Dot’ Rush Cunningham

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Dorothy “Dot” Rush Cunningham, 86, of Bartow passed away on Feb. 5, 2014, from heart failure at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, Fla.

A native of Abingdon, Va., she moved to the Bartow area in 1959.

Dot was a homemaker, loved dogs, and birds and was of the Methodist faith.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she will be missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Beulah Rush of Virginia; two brothers, Ted and Richard Rush of Florida; one sister, Calvin Moore of Bristol, Tenn.

Dot is survived by her husband of 68 years James “Jim” L. Cunningham of Bartow; three sons, John Cunningham of Tallahassee, Fla., Jack Cunningham of Bartow, Fla., and James “Jimmy” Cunningham of St. Augustine, Fla.; one brother, Jack Rush of Blountville, Tenn.; two sisters, Betty Cunningham of Amherst, Va., and Freda Sutphin of Tallahassee, Fla.; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Her husband Jim Cunningham will be relocating to Amherst, Va., for friends who wish to contact him.

In memory of Dot donations may be made to the SPCA 5850 Brannen Road S., Lakeland, FL 33813.

Condolences may be made to the family at

Whidden-McLean Funeral Home is in charge of arrangement.

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