June Doris Cunningham
June Doris Cunningham
GLENDALE, CALIF. — June Doris Carlson was born on December 19, 1921, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was one of five children born to Sever and Augusta Carlson. June was the only daughter with four brothers, Joseph, Richard, William and Robert. She graduated from Washburn High School in Minneapolis on June 9, 1939. At the request of her oldest brother, Joe, she went with Joe and his wife, June, to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to assist in his fledgling church and radio ministry. An unknown donor paid her way to attend college at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta.
June met James Cunningham who, upon graduating from Nyack Bible College in Nyack, New York, was also serving in ministry with Rev. Carlson. June and Jim were married by her brother Joe on July 13, 1946, prompting Rev. Carlson to take out an add in the Edmonton newspaper headlined “Rev J.D. Carlson to Marry His Sister!” The church was packed!
Responding to God’s call, the newlyweds departed for the Mission Field in the Dominican Republic on October 12, 1946. Two children, Danny and Cathy, were born to them while serving a five-year term in the field. Upon their return to the United States, Jim spent a year serving as a traveling evangelist and then transitioned into serving as a full-time pastor. Moving into the role of pastor’s wife from that of missionary wife, June faithfully served alongside Jim as they pastored churches in Green Bay, WI, Lincoln, NE, Chicago, IL, and Longview, TX.
While in Lincoln, June gave birth to twin boys on September 1, 1958. Robbie Joel passed away at birth. Randy James was born severely handicapped and died at the age of twenty.
On August 1, 1979, Jim and June moved to Glendale, CA to assist in the ministry of “Mission To Children” which was founded by her brother, Dr. J.D. Carlson in 1959. Over the years, 22 orphanage partnerships were served by MTC impacting the lives of thousands of children around the world. Jim took over as Director of the ministry in 1986 with June assisting in the writing of radio messages and articles for the monthly newsletter, “The Answer.” In addition, she headed up the Sponsorship Program, personally taking a 15-day trip to India to visit children in sponsorship orphanages.
Jim and June continued to serve at Mission To Children until December 31, 1999. Jim passed away on February 27, 2002 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s with June continuing to provide daily care until the end. Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend went to be with Jesus here in her home in Glendale on May 4th, 2019, surrounded by loved ones and lifted up by the prayers and memories of hundreds of lives touched by her sweet spirit, given over a lifetime of love and caring for others, through service to her savior. Her graveside service was held at Forest Lawn Glendale, Friday, May 10, 2019.
June is survived by son, Daniel (Sherry) of Longview; daughter, Catherine of Glendale, CA; grandson, Brant (Jessica) of Lake City, CO; granddaughter, Mindy (Adam) of Snellville, GA; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jean Carlson of Gilmer, TX; cousin, Gail (Rev. Lorne) Jack of Oceanside, CA; several nieces and nephews and countless friends across the country. She will be lovingly remembered and missed by all.
Memorials may be made to: India Gospel League, PO Box 356, 1521 Georgetown Rd., STE 305, Hudson, Ohio 44236. Telephone, 330-650-5900 or www.iglworld.org.

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