In memory of
Karen R. Cummings
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In memory of
Karen R. Cummings
Some people are so magnetic that others are irresistibly drawn to them. That was Karen R. Cummings-the first to make a friend out of a stranger, curious and questioning, funny and beloved. Karen's life was full of adventures around the world and full of love and service for her husband, friends and church at home. When talking to Karen, you knew that her attention was always completely present in that moment, and she shared herself freely and unselfconsciously with others. Her passing on Jan. 15, 2020, from pneumonia leaves the world a bit dimmer, with less laughter and joy, but those of us who will miss her know that she is with her friend, Jesus, probably peppering him with questions and occasionally telling him how "groovy" heaven is. Karen was born on May 26, 1945, in McComb, Mississippi, to Captain Bill (Albert William) Short and Rea Nellums Short. Karen was a precious person who loved people, music and teaching; she was intrepid. She grew up in Panama City, Florida, and was in the 1963 graduating class of Bay County High School. She graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, in 1967. After college she traveled alone in Belgium and in France, where she worked as an au pair; after returning to the U.S. she joined the American Red Cross and served with the Donut Dollies in Korea at Camp Casey. Karen earned her Master's degree from Furman University and taught in Mauldin and Lake Forest elementary schools, the Socorro School District, the Singapore American School and, locally as an ESL teacher. In 1986 she met George W. Cummings, Jr., and they married in McKenzie Park, Panama City, Florida on November 25, 1988. They resided in El Paso, Texas, then lived in Singapore, Jakarta, Tokyo and Manila for the following decade before returning to Greenville, SC. She deeply loved her husband; her cousins: Joan, Richard, Judy, Dan, Billy and Diane; as well as her cousins by marriage, the grandchildren of Albert and Nellie Barker; her "adopted family" of Joanna, John, Lucas, Liam and Dee Goughneour; her nephews and nieces; her lifelong friends, Laura Love Hicks and Debbie Davis; and her dear friends at Disciples United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held at One PM on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at Disciples United Methodist Church 185 Riley Smith Road, Greenville, SC 29615). In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity, Smile Train or Disciples United Methodist Church.
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In memory of
Karen R. Cummings
Some people are so magnetic that others are irresistibly drawn to them. That was Karen R. Cummings-the first to make a friend out of a stranger, curious and questioning, funny and beloved. Karen's life was full of adventures around the world and full of love and service for her husband, friends and church at home. When talking to Karen, you knew that her attention was always completely present in that moment, and she shared herself freely and unselfconsciously with others. Her passing on Jan. 15, 2020, from pneumonia leaves the world a bit dimmer, with less laughter and joy, but those of us who will miss her know that she is with her friend, Jesus, probably peppering him with questions and occasionally telling him how "groovy" heaven is. Karen was born on May 26, 1945, in McComb, Mississippi, to Captain Bill (Albert William) Short and Rea Nellums Short. Karen was a precious person who loved people, music and teaching; she was intrepid. She grew up in Panama City, Florida, and was in the 1963 graduating class of Bay County High School. She graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, in 1967. After college she traveled alone in Belgium and in France, where she worked as an au pair; after returning to the U.S. she joined the American Red Cross and served with the Donut Dollies in Korea at Camp Casey. Karen earned her Master's degree from Furman University and taught in Mauldin and Lake Forest elementary schools, the Socorro School District, the Singapore American School and, locally as an ESL teacher. In 1986 she met George W. Cummings, Jr., and they married in McKenzie Park, Panama City, Florida on November 25, 1988. They resided in El Paso, Texas, then lived in Singapore, Jakarta, Tokyo and Manila for the following decade before returning to Greenville, SC. She deeply loved her husband; her cousins: Joan, Richard, Judy, Dan, Billy and Diane; as well as her cousins by marriage, the grandchildren of Albert and Nellie Barker; her "adopted family" of Joanna, John, Lucas, Liam and Dee Goughneour; her nephews and nieces; her lifelong friends, Laura Love Hicks and Debbie Davis; and her dear friends at Disciples United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held at One PM on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at Disciples United Methodist Church 185 Riley Smith Road, Greenville, SC 29615). In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity, Smile Train or Disciples United Methodist Church.
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185 Riley Smith Dr
Greenville, SC 29615
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