Audrey Frances Cummings was born on the 4th of March 1925 in Franklin, Kentucky, the third of what would eventually be seven children to A.C. and Esma Finn Cummings. She passed away from complications brought on by advanced Parkinson Disease on May 9th, 2014 at Pinehurst Rehabilitation Center, Pinehurst, North Carolina. For the past 5 years she had been under the loving care of her Daughter, Audrey Darlene Koontz, at her home in Eagle Springs, North Carolina.
Audrey grew up in farming communities around Franklin, Kentucky and La Jara, Colorado, graduating from La Jara High School in May 1944. As the third of a family of seven, she grew up accepting responsibilities for her younger sister Jean and brothers Bobby Joe and Jackie. These responsibilities obviously instilled in her the need to care of children, as starting in 1952 and for the next 10 years, she and her husband Jack would take into their home 34 needy foster children.
Besides all these foster “blessings”, she and Jack were blessed with three wonderful children; Audrey Darlene, Dennis Jack, and Debra Kay, 10 Grandchildren, 19 Great-grandchildren, and 1 Great-Great-grandchild.
After Jack’s discharge from the Army they spent some time farming in Hooper, Colorado. In 1953 the family moved to southern California, where they owned and operated a tile warehouse and Marble manufacturing company in Colton, CA. They sold the business in July 1977 and retired, spending time on the road in their motorhome, visiting friends and families. They especially enjoyed fishing on any body of water that happened to be nearby.
Our sister was preceded in death by her husband Jack Koontz, mother Esma (Finn) and father Auville C, Brother Cecil, Sister Virginia (Coleman), Brother Cliff (Jr), Brother Bobby Joe, Sister Lavinia Jean (Motz).
Graveside services were held on the 17th of May 2014 at Montecito Memorial Park in Colton. California, with close friends and family attending. Her brother Jack Cummings offered prayers and presented the eulogy. At the conclusion, daughter Debra Koontz Trocolli released one white dove representing the release of her mother’s spirit, three white doves representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit joined the Sprit Dove as they flew into the valley below.