Beatrice Cummins

Beatrice L. Cummins

Monday, November 21st, 1921 - Thursday, December 27th, 2018
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Beatrice “Bea” L. Cummins, age 97 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Thursday, December 27, 2018 at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital.

Bea was born November 10, 1921 in Sac County, Ia. a daughter of William and Wilhelmina (Brown) Stadlman.

Bea was a 1939 graduate of Sac City High School. She attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Ia. where she obtained her teacher’s certificate and also studied social work at the University of Missouri.

She was married on February 24, 1946 in Sac City, Iowa to Earl Cummins, who preceded her in death on March 14, 2000.

Bea began her professional career as a teacher before she went into social work for over 35 years. She and Earl moved to Camdenton, Mo. where she became a caseworker in 1949 with the Camden County Division of Welfare until she became the County Director for the Camden County Division of Family Services. In 1961, she became the District Supervisor of the District V Division of Family Services in Boonville, Mo. until 1980 when she moved to Jefferson City, Mo. She retired as a Programs Operations Specialist in 1988.

She was a member of Wesley Methodist Church for almost 40 years. She was active with numerous committees with the church and helped with their meals on wheels program. Bea was proud to be a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and served as a secretary for her chapter.

Bea was an avid bridge player and loved to read every day. She also treasured the outdoors; tending to her garden and cutting her own grass until the age of 90. She loved to fish and was known to out fish her family. Bea will be remembered for her outgoing personality because she greeted anyone with a smile. She was a very sharp, independent woman that lived each day to the fullest.

Survivors include: three sons, Gene Cummins (wife Diane) of Boonville, Mo., Gary Cummins (wife Pamela) of Sunrise Beach, Mo. and Todd Cummins of Jefferson City, Mo.; six grandchildren, Scott Cummins (wife Jami), Mark Cummins (wife Lindsay), Sara Cole (husband David), Laura Cummins, Grace Cummins, and Sophia Cummins; four great-grandchildren, Juliana, Gabriel, Georgia, Henry, and another great-grandson due in April.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 54 years, Earl Cummins; one son, Craig Cummins on March 26, 1976; two brothers, Gaylord and Paul Stadlman; one sister, Helen Derr.

Visitation will be at Wesley Methodist Church from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 31, 2018.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 31, 2018 at Wesley United Methodist Church with the Reverend Tom Vansant officiating. Graveside service and interment will be held at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Wesley Methodist Church, 2727 Wesley Street, Jefferson City, Mo. 65109.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, December 31st, 2018 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, December 31st, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
    Wesley United Methodist Church
    2727 Wesley Drive
    Jefferson City, MO 65109
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  • Service

    Monday, December 31st, 2018 | 11:00am
    Monday, December 31st, 2018 11:00am
    Wesley United Methodist Church
    2727 Wesley Drive
    Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Tom Vansant
  • Interment

    Hawthorn Memorial Gardens
    4205 Horner Road
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Harriett Brown Gross

Posted at 03:07pm
My deepest sympathy to all of Bea's family. Being the youngest by far of the Brown cousins, I did not know Bea well, but I know hers was a life well lived. Harriett Brown Gross (Manning, Iowa)

Posted at 12:26pm
To my Missouri cousins. Mom and I were just talking about Aunt Bea last week. I have wonderful memories of when we all lived in Camdenton and of course my mother had a ton more memories and considered Bea the best sister-in-law in the world. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I'm sure the three of us will get together later and remember with fondness Bea.

With love Cathy Gimbel, Ann Cummins (Georgetown, TX) and Alan Cummins (Round Rock, TX)

Sherry Repper

Posted at 12:43pm
I first met Bea when I joined a bridge club that she was a member of. I remember her smile and wit. Of course, her expertise in bridge was unquestionable. I definitely wanted to be her partner rather than her opponent. Then, in her 90's she took another bridge course - always wanting to learn more. I learned a lot from her. She spoke often of her love for her children and family and when she had to leave her home, she accepted it with a smile. We will miss her. Sherry Repper

Neil and Nancy Stadlman

Posted at 11:09am
Our sympathies to all the family. I have many fond memories of Cummins Cousins coming for summer visits to Sac City and visiting us on the farm. It was a diverse group of brothers and sisters that passed a lasting legacy of Stadlman wit and humor to all their families.
Neil and Nancy Stadlman
This photo shows the Stadlman family at a rare reunion in Sac City.

Janice Derr

Posted at 10:24am
Loving memories of Aunt Beatrice, from Janice and Keith
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