Shirley Ann Cummings © Alva Review-Courier 04-2019 Submitted by: Glenn
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Friends Church with Reverend Frank Penna officiating. Wharton Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at http://www.whartonfuneralchapel.com.
Shirley Ann, daughter of Grover Floyd and Vivian (Parker) McArthur, was born December 31, 1931, at the Masonic Hospital in Cherokee, Oklahoma. She passed away March 30, 2019, in Bowie, Maryland, at the age of 87 years, 2 months and 30 days.
Shirley grew up on a farm one mile southeast of Capron. She attended school in Capron through the sixth grade. In 1943 her family moved to Alva and she attended Washington School. She graduated from Alva High School with the Class of 1949. Shirley attended Northwestern from 1949-1951. She transferred to Friends University where she graduated in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in education.
In 1952 Shirley married Oscar Hudson Cummings, from Warthen, Georgia, at her parents' home. In 1953 she taught school in Winfield, Kansas, while Hudson was in the service in Germany. When he returned home, they moved to Wichita, Kansas, and Shirley taught school there. In 1961, their son, John Franklin was born and Sally Ann arrived in 1963. The family moved to Alva, Oklahoma, in 1963 to farm. Shirley and Hudson farmed until their retirement in 1998.
Shirley was a lifelong member of the Alva Friends Church. She took great joy in teaching Sunday school and Friends Youth. She also played the organ for many years.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Grover and Vivian, and her husband, Hudson.
Shirley is survived by son, John and his wife Ramona; daughter, Ann and husband Daniel Bennett; and her most beloved granddaughter, Connor Rylie Cummings. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Alva Friends Church, Alzheimer's Association, St. Jude's Children's Care Hospital.
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