CLAYTON, New York (WWNY) – Betty Henrietta Boyd Cummings Significant-Stevenson died on August 16th, 2020, 99 a long time and 8 months following she was born in Ardmore, PA on December 31st 1920.
Dwelling into her a single hundredth 12 months, Betty expended her youth in the Usa (40 a long time), her married years in the United kingdom (30 several years) and her retirement in France (30 decades). She lived a extended, appealing and entertaining daily life. She was born throughout 1 pandemic (the Spanish Flu) and a hundred decades later on died all through another (Coronavirus) and neither killed her!
She put in her youth surrounded by the massive Cummings family members in Clayton, NY from 1920-1960. She achieved her English husband, Antony Main-Stevenson crossing the Atlantic in 1959 and married him in Northern Ireland in 1960 ahead of they settled in Sturton-by-Stow, Lincolnshire, England for the following 30 several years from 1960-1990, with their daughter, Ann Boyd, born a yr later. For their retirement they moved to France in 1990 the place they savored the business of a lot of intercontinental pals until eventually Antony (acknowledged to the spouse and children as ‘Steve’) died in 2005. Betty stayed on at their dwelling in Savignac-de-Duras, France by herself until eventually Ann joined her a number of yrs afterwards to preserve her company until eventually her dying in 2020.
Betty was born in Ardmore PA, the daughter of Ernest Kerry Cummings and Anna Maud Boyd. Sadly her mother was killed by the worldwide pandemic of Spanish Flu (1918-21) two and a 50 % months following Betty was born. Not able to seem after her by himself her father, a Philadelphia policeman, gave her to his mother, her ‘Grandma’ Frances Collins Cummings, (spouse of Milo Cummings) and his brother her ‘Uncle’ Morton Solomon Cummings to bring her up in their property at 512 Webb Avenue, Clayton, NY.
Once her father Ernest remarried (to Zoe Kline) it was supposed that Betty be introduced up in his household along with their daughter, her more youthful fifty percent-sister, also called Zoe. Having said that Betty, at the age of 4, insisted on keeping with ‘Grandma’ and ‘Uncle Morton’ in Clayton.
Betty graduated Salutatorian from Thousand Islands Significant School in 1938 (ish) and usually explained that she wished to operate hard and do nicely to repay ‘Grandma’ for looking soon after her. Unfortunately all over that time in 1938 ‘Grandma’ Frances died and Betty and her ‘Uncle Morton’ moved from Webb Avenue into a scaled-down property at 511 James Avenue.
She went on to Albany State Teachers’ College, from in which she graduated with a BA circa 1942. She carried on with her schooling, intent on becoming a teacher, and attended Syracuse University wherever she received a Master’s Degree in English Literature in 1946.
Her career as a instructor begun and she taught English and drama at North Large School, Syracuse from 1946. Her ‘Uncle Morton’ died in 1958 and this prompted her to consider a trip to stop by Europe the following 12 months in 1959.
Although crossing the Atlantic on the Cunard ship ‘Media’, she achieved her long term partner Englishman Antony Main-Stevenson. It was a whirlwind courtship and just after a limited extended-length romance they grew to become engaged and were being married in Ballymoney, County Antrim, Northern Eire in the property town of her deceased Irish mother Anna Maud Boyd. She was given away by her mother’s sister, her Aunt Ena Boyd Gilmour.
Regardless of leaving the United states, Betty kept in close get in touch with with all her household and close friends from Clayton, Albany and Syracuse and with cousins as considerably afield as California. She introduced-up her daughter, Ann Boyd, born in 1961, to recognize and know all about her American heritage. Cards, letters and parcels arriving from the Usa for birthdays and Xmas ended up greeted with wonderful excitement and the yearly ritual of composing Xmas cards to mail to The united states began in Oct! Betty’s stories about her youth and the figures in it, have been always Ann’s favourites. These as the time Betty was at the Clayton railway station and observed the gangster Al Capone arrive there surrounded by his lawyers!
In the British isles, Betty was not able to get a training place as the nearby school board considered that she would not stay mainly because she saved her American citizenship. Therefore she occupied herself with a range of portion-time careers, charity fund-raising, hosting amazing evening meal functions to help Antony in his perform as an Global Engineering Salesman, and was an exceptional cook, baker, knitter, sewer and homemaker.
When it was time for Ann to go to faculty, in 1979, Betty organized for her to attend Houghton College, Houghton, NY in the care of her cousin Professor Robert L Cummings. While there he took Ann to meet up with one of his brothers, Miles, and two sisters Arlie Cummings Gorman and Marjorie Cummings Johnson, in Clayton.
In 1990 Betty and Antony moved to Savignac-de-Duras in south-west France for their retirement. They totally appreciated checking out the area with intercontinental pals, working towards French, sampling the regional create and wine! Betty obtained a minor shih-tzu pet she termed Taco and her contentment was complete. Fifteen many years into their time in France, in April 2005 Antony died quickly of a heart-assault. Taco, and their cat Tabithe, stored Betty corporation and she fortunately stayed on in France by herself until eventually 2012 when Ann joined her.
Right after equally her animals experienced died, Tabithe in 2015 and Taco in 2016, Betty was bereft and wished a different animal. As she was then 95, Ann decided that fostering would be the best way forward and for the past 4 a long time of her existence she and Ann fostered for a local animal charity (right up until they have been adopted) a small canine, 3 mother cats, their 13 kittens, 7 orphan kittens, a male cat that could open doors and a further that experienced been shot in the eye!
In her last weeks Betty resolved that she desired to be cremated and repatriated to shell out eternity with her ‘Grandma’ Frances and ‘Uncle’ Morton at dwelling in Clayton, NY.
She died at household in France in her bedroom, overlooking her rosebed, on the morning of Sunday August 16th 2020 with Ann and her cat Angele (the foster cat they did retain) by her aspect.
On Friday August 21st 2020, under Covid constraints, a tiny funeral provider attended by nearby buddies was held in the Catholic Church (the only church) in Savignac-de-Duras, the moment Ann was able to reassure the presiding priest that the Episcopal Church is descended from Catholicism (through the Protestant Reformation) and consequently Betty could have her funeral support there. This was adopted by her cremation in Bergerac, France.
She is staying interred at Clayton Cemetery, 1021 James Avenue, Clayton, NY 13624, with ‘Grandma’ Frances and ‘Uncle Morton’ on Monday, September 13th, 2021 at 11:00 AM. There will be a limited interment ceremony with an Episcopalian blessing by Rev. Jack Anderson to which all who wish to show up at, notably Cummings family, no subject how distant (!), will be welcome.
It will be followed by a ‘Commemoration and Fellowship Refreshment’ later on at The Harbor Hotel, Clayton from midday to 1:30 PM.
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