Carol Anne Cummings, 88, of Oxford, New York, went to heaven to be with her Savior, on March 26, 2022. Ann, as most knew her, was born on August 22, 1933, daughter of the late Kenneth and Dee Carey. Ann married her love of 70 years, Claude “Ike” Cummings on August 29, 1951.
Ann had a deep-rooted faith and lived her life selflessly giving to others. She was a member of the United Church of Oxford (UCO) for 68 years, where she helped with church dinners, knitting hats and mittens for those in need, teaching Sunday school, as well as numerous acts of kindness. Most would find Ann in the UCO craft room preparing for the annual children’s Christmas shop, or down in the kitchen setting up for events held by the church.
Ann retired from the Oxford Academy and Central School district, where she showed compassion to every student that passed through the lunch line. Whether it was recognizing they needed something to brighten their day or knowing that they just needed someone to show they cared; Ann became the person students turned to for her guidance and kind words.
Ann was predeceased by her stepmother Olga Carey; son, Peter Cummings; grandson, Ralph Cummings; brothers James and Frank Carey, all of whom she loved dearly and shared her memories of with her family.
Ann is survived by her cherished husband Ike; her children that she had a never-ending love for, Chris (Harry) Williams of Temple, TX, Carol Nightengale (Ken House) of Oxford, NY, Penny (Michael) Savoie of Ovid, NY, Tim Cummings of Oxford, NY, Don (Trisha) Cummings of Colorado Springs, CO, and Lori (John) Fetzer of Markleysburg, PA. Ann’s greatest joy was her 30 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren; she loved to watch them play on the front lawn or living room floor. As they grew, she would sit at the kitchen table teaching her favorite games, some of which were Hand and Foot, Spoons, or Rummikub. Ann changed the world, by instilling within her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, that above all, to have faith in God, and always show kindness. Memories of Ann are cherished by her surviving sisters-in-law Enrica Carey and Betty Root; brothers-in-law Carl and Clifford Cummings; nieces, nephews and friends, all whom she enjoyed spending time with or receiving calls from. On the farm, Ann and Ike created a beautiful family, full of endless memories; her Easter egg hunts, cookie jars full to the brim, large family gatherings that she ensured had something special for everyone, handmade gifts for every holiday, and many more that everyone Ann touched will hold dear. She took pride in never missing a birthday or anniversary, sending handwritten notes full of encouragement when things seemed impossible, and sending care packages full of baked goods. Ann gave the most precious gift of all to her family and friends, her time full of unconditional love.
The family would like to thank aides Linda Seiler and Wendy Baker, who cared for Ann, and gave companionship to Ike. Their love and compassion were shown every day. The family sends a special thank you to Cheryl Sheldon, Carl Cummings, and Pastor Doug who made the toughest days a little easier. The family would also like to thank Hospice of Chenango County for their support. To honor Ann’s legacy, please consider making a donation in her name to the United Church of Oxford. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home Inc. Friends and family may share memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com.