Eunice (Nina) Fay McCunniff, of Hilton Head Island, SC died April 5, 2017. She spent a lifetime serving her God, family and community saying yes to causes large and small. Born the daughter of a West Point graduate and career military officer, Nina lived for 88 years from Panama to Alaska to Hawaii and points in between. She was a proud graduate of DePauw University maintaining close ties with the university and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority her entire life.
She married the love of her life, Tom, also a West Point graduate and they crisscrossed the US with 4 children in tow. Assignments included tours of West Point, Hawaii, Fort Campbell, Kentucky and the Pentagon. Following 25 years as an Army wife, they moved to Macon, Georgia. Deep relationships with wonderful friends and neighbors were formed. They retired to Hilton Head Island where they lived out a wonderful life of over 65 years together.
Devoted to her faith, Nina was named South Carolina Catholic Woman of the Year in 2008. She served as teacher and religious education coordinator planning innumerable children's liturgies. She instructed classes on First Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation. She was a member of the Parish Councils of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (Macon, Ga), Holy Family Catholic Church (Hilton Head Island) and St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church (Hilton Head Island). Nina was a member of the Building Committee at St. Francis proudly wearing her hard hat to the construction site. For years, she served as a Eucharistic Minister bringing Holy Communion and praying with the homebound.
Happiest when surrounded by family and friends, she loved to entertain and always looked glamourous in her pearls. Nina swam in the ocean from April until October.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas George McCunniff, a grandson, Thomas George McCunniff II and son-in-law, Thomas Tinsley Matthews. She is survived by children Kelly Hicks(Charles) of Columbia, SC, Dennis McCunniff(Ann) of Lewisville, NC, Donald McCunniff(Claire) of Raleigh and Kathleen Matthews Grice (Warren) of Macon, Ga; nine grandchildren, Fay McCunniff Blythe(Jeff), Myra Hicks Staub(Van), Rebecca McCunniff Obendorf(Kyle), Maggie Hicks Davis(Brad), Kathleen Hicks Bell (Josh), Donald McCunniff, Jr.(Margot), Helen McCunniff, Kathleen Matthews, Thomas Matthews and six great grandchildren.
Nina lived all over the world and left every place better than when she arrived.
The family wishes to thank all the staff and nurses who assisted Nina with their loving care. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island, SC on Saturday April 29, 2017 at 1pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
St. Francis By The Sea Catholic Church
Saturday April 29th, 2017
45 Beach City Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
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