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Dorthy Wieland Cummings, of Clifton, Texas, formerly of Floydada and South Plains, passed away, Thursday, November 10, 2016 in Clifton. Graveside service will need be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the Lockney Cemetery with Rance Young and Nathan Mulder officiating. Arrangements are under the care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Lockney.

Dorthy Nell was born January 4, 1927 near Marquez in Leon County, Texas, the youngest of eight children born to Herman and Mary B. Wieland. In 1936, she moved with her family first to Crosby County and then to Floyd County. She attended schools at Big Four, Pleasant Valley, and Lockney, graduating from Lockney High School in 1946. Helping with class reunions for many years and keeping in touch with old friends were a joy to her throughout her life. After graduation, she worked at Truett's Variety on Lockney's Main Street. Dorthy's father died when she was fifteen years old and, having helped care for her father during his illness, she remained her mother's constant support until her death in 1975. On her father's birthday, July 22, 1947, Dot married Kendall Kelvin Cummings at the First Baptist Church in Lockney. They moved to their farm in the South Plains Community in January 1948 where they lived for 45 years before moving to Floydada where they lived for 12 years before moving to Clifton. They raised three children: Glenda K born in 1949, Kelvin Kendall, in 1950, and Mary Zacha, in 1951. They were members of South Plains Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.
Dot loved all children and was deeply involved with South Plains School and continued to be so into the years when her grandchildren attended. She enjoyed being a room mother for parties and games and staged countless school plays and programs. During one school term, she was substitute teacher to the Spanish language class. She also served as room mother for that class, making a piñata for their Christmas party.
Dot lovingly cared not only for her mother but for her parents-in-law, Zach and Oma Calahan Cummings, in their later years.
Dorthy was an accomplished seamstress and made most of the clothes worn by her daughters, including their wedding dresses and the wedding dress of her son's wife. She enjoyed quilting and crochet. She was a member of South Plains Hobby Club and a hostess for Mamie's Breakfasts where she could always be counted on for a bit of entertainment. She loved to share a story and a good laugh. She sang and danced around her kitchen. Dorthy was a gifted poet and a lover of all that is beautiful and of all people, young and old.
Dot's beloved Kendall died in her arms on March 5, 2014. Memories of their wonderful life together continued to light her final days.

She is survived by two daughters and one son: Zacha Gregory and husband, Jack, of Clifton; K Cummings Pipes and husband, David, of Houston; and Kelvin Kendall Cummings and wife, Jolene, of Brownfield. Her four grandchildren were her joy: Brittany Gregory of Plano; Josh Gregory and wife, Amy, of Hutto; Kendall Cummings and wife, Crystal, of Glen Rose; and Victoria Davis and husband, Philip, of Lennexa, KS. The laughter of her great grandchildren—Tilson and Tatum Gregory and Liberty Davis—delighted her. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Mona Cummings Geller of San Francisco, and by her brothers-in-law and their wives: Zach and Ravanell Cummings of Glen Rose, Sterling and Gleynn Earle Cummings of South Plains, and by many nieces and nephews.

You will best honor her memory if you enjoy a sunset, read a poem, sing a song, take a walk, plant a seed, bake a cake, play a game, and remember that all these things are more joyous when done with a child. Memorials may also be made to the Floyd County War Memorial, to Light the Cross, or to any other good work.