Mary Catherine Cummings (nee Serra) passed away on July 1, 2021, in Creston, BC at the age of 89 years.
Mary was born on November 18, 1932, in Bellevue, AB to parents Edythe and Martin Serra and moved to the Creston Valley as a young girl. She grew up as the oldest in a family of four girls. Mary was a wonderful big sister; you could never find a more loving or more caring sister. She was always there when you needed her and that continued throughout her whole life. Mary had many happy memories of her years in the Canadian Girls In Training (CGIT) and their yearly camping week at Cummings Resort, where she met her future husband, Arnold.
After graduating from high school in Creston, Mary left for Calgary to get her nursing certificate at the Holy Cross Hospital and then returned home to work at the Creston Valley Hospital for many years. She eventually married her true love, Arnold Cummings of Boswell, BC. They spent many happy years running the resort together and became very well-respected members of the Boswell Community.
Mary enjoyed being a part of the Boswell Ladies Club, where every May she would help with the Annual Plant and Rummage Sale. She loved helping with the rummage sale and would always balance the books to the penny! In November, she helped with the Fall Tea and Bake Sale and that was Arnold’s favourite too because she would purchase enough baking to last him six months…as baking was not something she did, matrimonial cake was by far the favourite. Mary enjoyed gardening, playing crib, and was a whiz at carpet bowling. She loved all the hall get-togethers with their Boswell family. Mary volunteered for many years with the Boswell First Responders. She enjoyed having her sisters come to the lake with their families each and every summer for many years and she loved spending time with all her nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews.
She generously gave of her time and made us all feel special and loved always. Mary loved her family dearly and was always the first to tear up during goodbyes…So there will be no goodbye to our dear Auntie Mary, but instead a see you later.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Arnold Cummings in 2008, sister Marguerite Kaiser, nieces Laurie Kaiser, Cindy LeMoigne, and Penny Ludwar, and great niece Braidy Ludwar who she loved dearly, and she always had a special place in her heart for.
She will be lovingly remembered by her sisters Peachie Key of Penticton, BC, Ardell (Karl) Johansen of Penticton, BC, Don (Libby) Kaiser of Calgary, AB, Ted (Kathy) Kaiser of Calgary, AB, and Danny Mesenchuk of Calgary, AB as well as numerous great nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service was held on Thursday July 15, 2021, at the Boswell Community Hall with a private family graveside service held at the Boswell Community Cemetery immediately following. It was also live streamed by Creston Valley Funeral Services.