Mary Elaine Bowman Cummings, of Strasburg, Colorado (formerly of Goodland, Kansas) died Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 88 years of age.
Mary was born on August 16, 1928; the fourth of six children born to Jack and Ramona Bowman. Mary attended school for two years in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, and later attended Wallace School for several more years. Mary’s father was then transferred to Wauneta, Nebraska, where Mary would eventually graduate from High School. After graduation, the Bowman family moved back to Wallace and Mary began a series of jobs which included working in the telephone office and the bank in Sharon Springs.
Mary married Gerald Wade Cummings on September 22, 1949, in Wallace, Kansas. Mary and Wade raised eight children and Mary worked at home during those years. Later she and Wade would share work on a rural mail route; a job that lasted 28 years.
Preceding Mary in death were her parents; her husband Wade; three sisters, Donice, Francis, and Cye; two brothers, John and Peter; and two grandchildren, Baron Burrier and Brian Cummings.
Survivors include eight children; Diane (Darrell) Owens of Edson, Kansas; Warren (Judy) Cummings of Limon, Colorado, Roy (Toni) Cummings, of Goodland, Kansas; Ann (Ron) Hasenbalg of Byers, Colorado; Barry (Linda) Cummings of Billings, Montana; Donna (Rob) Ilves of Sante Fe, New Mexico; Eric Cummings; Jana (David) Garin of Aurora, Colorado, 23 grandchildren, 27 great- grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM MT on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Goodland, Kansas. The Rosary will be held at 6:30 PM MT on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the Catholic Church in Goodland. Burial will follow in the Goodland Cemetery, Goodland, Kansas.
Memorials may be designated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Goodland, Kansas, or to the Northwest Kansas Animal Shelter and may be left at the service or mailed to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Goodland, Kansas 67735.
Online condolences may be left at www.koonsfuneralhome.com.