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Alice was born at the home of her parents in Bronx County, New York City, August 18, 1927. Her parents Tom and Katherine (Keating) Curry had emigrated from Ireland. Alice was the first born of five children. She graduated from Cathedral High School, a school for Catholic young women, located across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral on New York's Fifth Avenue. In 1948, she met Gene Cunneely on a blind date at Rockaway Beach, Long Island. They dated through his college years at Fordham University and when he entered the Air Force in 1951, they continued to correspond and see each other whenever he was home on leave. Following her graduation, Alice began work in the publishing industry. She became a secretary to the Vice-President at Harpers Bros. Publishers. But she left that position in September 1955 and flew to Panama City, Florida where she married Air Force Lt. Gene Cunneely. From there, Alice embarked on a career as an Air Force wife and became a mother of five. For the next 22 years, she and her family traveled across the USA, Canada and Alaska before her husband retired from the Air Force in 1977 and made their home in Spokane. During her Air Force years, she endured many years of separation from her husband when he was deployed overseas for long periods leaving her to run the home with five children without him. To this day, her husband and children are amazed at their mother's skills in organization, management, and patience that brought them through these periods no worse for wear. Her upbeat personality was a wonder and gave her the capability to handle difficult situations with calm patience and good humor. Her remarkable ability to incorporate new friends and make strangers feel at ease contributed immensely to her husband's successful career as a commanding officer and a staff officer at high levels. Young Air Force wives came to her seeking her advice. They relied on her mature judgment and self-assurance, especially when the squadron was deployed overseas for long indefinite periods. It is impossible to find anyone who ever met and knew Alice Cunneely and did not soon love and admire her. She enjoyed her travels to foreign countries which included England,
France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and, of course, Ireland. She also loved spending time in Scottsdale, Arizona. One of her greatest and most admired qualities was her reticence ever to speak ill of anyone. She was a fabulous hostess, a great cook and a talented baker of cakes and pies. Alice had been a member of several Air Force Officer Wives Clubs, various Alter Societies, the Greater Gonzaga Guild, and a faithful supporter of the Spokane Serra Club, the St. Vincent DePaul Society, the Catholic League and other charitable organizations. Alice was a great fan of the Gonzaga Bulldogs and rarely missed any of their games including the WCC Tournaments. And she loved spending her summers at the family summer cabin on beautiful Lake Pend Oreille. She possessed a wonderful sense of humor and a backlog of Irish sayings learned from her mother which always made her children laugh. She was extremely devoted to her Catholic Faith and especially the Blessed Mother. Alice is survived by her husband of 62 years, her children Eugene Jr. (Kathy), James (Gail) and Michael (Amie), nine grandchildren and her sister Margaret Elder of East Williston, New York. In lieu of flowers, Alice would prefer donations to the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 Ben Burr Rd., Spokane, WA 99223 or to the charity of your choice.