Thomas, Bethany Colgate Cunningham

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Bethany Colgate Cunningham (Cole) Thomas, 32, passed away suddenly at her home in Alta Loma, Calif., on Thursday, April 2, 2009.

Cole, a 1995 graduate of New Fairfield High School and Gibbs College, is survived by her husband, James; and her wonderful six year old son, Aidan. Cole was a native of Houston, Texas, and the daughter of Elizabeth “Beth” Sowers Cunningham, of New Fairfield and O. Horton Cunningham II, of Houston, Texas; and stepdaughter of Robin Cunningham.

She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church of Danbury, Conn.

She was preceded in death by her loving grandparents, Mary Mabry Sowers, of Martinsville, Va., and Edna Cunningham Matuszczyk Robertson and O. Horton Cunningham Sr., of Narrows, Va. Her family mourns her loss, her aunts and uncles, Peggy Sowers and Gary Williams, of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Patty Cunningham and D.G. Lusk, of Riner, Va.; a half sister, Callie Leslie Cunningham, of Houston, Texas; cousins, Kristin Williams Johnston, of Virginia Beach, Va., Mary Kathleen Williams, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Shari Lusk Custer, of Christiansburg, Va., and Dewey Gilmer Lusk, of Big Stone Gap, Va.; and a godmother, Darlene Sheldon Marwitz, of Austin, Texas.

Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Fairview Cemetery in Narrows, where Cole will be laid to rest with her grandparents.

A donation may be made to the Aidan Thomas Fund, c/o Ms. Beth Cunningham, 32 Sweetcake Mountain Road, New Fairfield, Conn. 06812.

Riffe’s Funeral Service in Narrows, Va., is assisting the family. Online condolence messages to the family can be sent to