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Ruth Louise  Cummings
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Ruth Louise (Ludy) Ward Cummings departed this earthly life on Friday, June 8 at the age of 90. She was born in Texarkana, TX on March 2, 1928 to Ava Lallie and Henry Elmer Ward. Known as Louise to her family, she grew up in Texarkana with her parents and eight siblings at 701 Redwater road, the “old home place.” The family attended the First Church of the Nazarene, on 8th and Brown Street at that time, and Louise attended Texas High school until the 11th grade. She met her husband, J.D. Cummings, in Longview and they married in November 1950. The couple spent many years in the Los Angeles, California region, Houston and other towns along the Texas coast while J.D. worked in the Construction industry. Upon J.D.’s retirement in 1976, they moved to Atlanta, Texas, making it their final home. J.D. passed away in 1991.
The Cummings met Norma and Cecil Greene not long after moving to Atlanta. Louise (known as Ruth in Atlanta) began working for Norma at her resale shop on Main Street and the two became the dearest of friends for the remainder of their lives. She also worked for the Hogan family as a caregiver for Dr. Hogan’s mother. After the resale store closed, Louise’s love of books and her voluntary role at the city’s public library opened up a new chapter in her life. As a child, she had dreamed of either becoming a teacher or librarian. That desire was fulfilled much later in life when she was hired as the Assistant Librarian for the City of Atlanta Public Library. She loved the library more than anything she had ever done and always said it was really the best era of her life. The children’s summer reading program was a favorite part of Mrs. Cummings’ work; she often relayed stories about many Atlanta children that she had helped with school assignments and how she searched for just the right books to meet their needs. She was forever in search of a good book! Never having had children of her own, it thrilled her to watch the children read and learn. She often recounted many fond memories of the children and families she got to know while working at the library and the good citizens these children became. She retired from the library in 1994, but continued to serve on the Board and volunteered for quite some time.
Aside from her love of reading, our Aunt Louise (or “Ludy” as nicknamed by her niece Gaynell) loved animals, all nature and cooking. She continued to walk, watch birds, feed stray cats, and work in her yard well into her 70s. Her Chihuahuas (Yani, Tina and Kady) were her “children.” In her younger days she was as agile as any child, playing games with Hal and Gaynell as they grew up in California. When we think of our Aunt Louise, her sense of humor, feisty spirit, and sense of independence will be indelible memories. As were most of her sisters, she was taught to cook well by her mother and we will so miss her great cooking and pies at holiday times.
Initially, Mrs. Cummings was a member of Bloomburg Baptist Church during the latter 1970s and it was there she professed her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. When she and J.D. moved closer into Atlanta, she joined the First Baptist Church. Although she was inactive for several years, the last 8 years of her life were a time of spiritual restoration and re-uniting with the church. We will always be grateful for the outreach and friendship of Norma Greene and her family, and most especially the love and outreach of Helen and Jerry Pool, her neighbors, a significant part of that restoration. She cherished them, and we are so grateful for the countless times they visited with her, fixed the phone, brought food, jumped the car battery, or took her the doctor when family members could not. The Pools truly exemplify the love of Christ and live their faith daily by ministering in Atlanta. Her next-door neighbor, Mr. Don Yarbrough, was a true friend, and tremendous Christian example. We will always be grateful to the Yarbrough family for the countless meals, visits, calls, books and friendship they gave our Aunt Louise all the years she lived alone. She loved you all dearly!
Mrs. Cummings was preceded in death by J.D, her husband of 41 years, her parents, sisters Pearl Norris, Mary Harper, Winifred Hamm, and Martha Crain, and her brothers Earl Ward, Bobby Lee Ward, Orvel Ward, Clarence Ward, and Edward Ward. She is survived by five nieces and five nephews: Gaynell Green, Mary Ann Resecker, and Ava Eileen Hensley of Texarkana, Nelda Allen of Trinity, TX, Helen Marks of Houston, Hal Green of Houston, Dennis Harper and Steve Harper of Texarkana, and Charles and Skippy Ward of Tucson, Arizona. She also has many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Mrs. Cummings’s funeral service will be held Monday, June 18, 10am at First Baptist Church of Atlanta, TX; burial will follow at Pinecrest Cemetery in Atlanta. Visitation will be held Sunday evening, June 17, 5:30-7:30PM, at Hanner Funeral Home in Atlanta. On-line registration is at A charitable donation can be given in lieu of flowers to the Atlanta Public Library or to the Elevator Construction fund at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta. Cards may be sent to Mrs. Cummings’ home and calls may be directed to Gaynell Green in Texarkana.

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5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Hanner Funeral Service

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Atlanta, Texas 75551





10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
First Baptist Church

306 Baker Street
Atlanta, Texas 75551

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Pine Crest Cemetery

Pine Crest Cemetery
Atlanta, Texas 75551


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