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Obituaries

June 21, 2013

Norma Jeanne Cummings

Funeral services for Norma Jeanne Cummings, of Knoxville, were held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Brent Hanna officiating. Burial followed in the Graceland Cemetery. Geoffrey Shultz, pianist, and Vicki King, vocalist, shared “Old Rugged Cross”, “In the Garden” and “Little Church in the Wildwood”. Casket bearers were Ryan Pitt, Michael Johansen, Mark Mangum, Tanner Synhorst, Mark Prachar and Larry Cummings.

Norma Jeanne Cummings, 87, daughter of O.O. and Anna Emerson was born Dec. 3, 1925, in the family home near Knoxville. She passed away on June 16, 2013, at Pleasant Care Living Center in Pleasantville.

Norma spent her entire life in Marion County. She attended Knoxville schools and graduated from Knoxville High School in 1944. After graduation, Norma took classes at Simpson College and became a rural school teacher. She taught for a number of years in the country schools, including McMillen. She enjoyed this time and had many fond memories of her former students.

On June 27, 1948, she was united in marriage to Eugene Cummings at the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville. Upon marriage, Gene and Norma Jeanne moved to the family farm. They were blessed with two daughters, Linda and Cinda. They farmed for many years, raising crops and livestock. They shared a love of border collies, always having at least one to help with chores. They were married for 64 years.

Norma enjoyed being a homemaker. She was an excellent cook and seamstress. Her main focus was her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She blessed each of her grandchildren with special memories.

Norma was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church and the Mary Circle of her church. A lover of flowers, she was a member of the Liberty Garden Club for many years.

Survivors include her husband, Eugene, daughters and sons-in-law Linda and Bob Pitt of Bondurant and Cinda and Don Synhorst of Knoxville. Her five grandchildren include Shawna (Michael) Johansen of Bondurant, Ryan (Courtney) Pitt of Norborne, Mo., Codi (Mark) Prachar of Knoxville, Megan (Mark) Mangum of Beaverdale and Tanner Synhorst of Knoxville. She was also a proud great-grandma of Liam Johansen, Brock and Kaston Pitt, Bale and Vada Prachar, and Jude Mangum. Norma was preceded in death by her four siblings, Helen Overton, Maxine Whitlatch, John Emerson and Eula Hodgson, as well as her parents.

For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the UMW of the First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left at BertrandFuneralHomes.com

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