Betsy Alice Cummings

Dec 13, 1922 - Aug 8, 2012


Betsy Alice Ross Cummings was born on December 13, 1922 in Westwood California, and went home to be with the Lord on August 8, 2012 at the age of 89.

She graduated from high school in Reno Nevada.

As a young wife and mother, most of her years were spent as a full -time homemaker; however, there were several periods of her life where she worked at many positions including secretary, bookkeeper, retail sales, and obtained a real estate license. 

She was a faithful member of Capital Christian Center for nearly 56 years.  She also maintained the same residence on Circle Parkway for 56 years.  She is preceded in death (jJanuary 2009) by her husband of 58 years, Robert L. Cummings Sr.

She is survived by her sons James Denna (Ruth), Robert Cummings Jr. (Seiko), daughters Charlene Rodriguez, Iris Lane (Cliff), nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. 

Friends are welcome to attend a visitation on Wednesday, August 15, 4-8pm and a graveside service  on Thursday, August 16 at 10 am all at East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary and Memorial Park, 9189 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove.  A Memorial Service will follow at 11:30 am at Capital Christian Center, 9470 Micron Ave., Sacramento CA 95827


  • Iris Cummings Lane says:

    My dear Mother, It’s been four months since you left us and I still have a big hole in my heart. I miss you terribly and am so privileged to have been your daughter. You taught me to care deeply about others, never know a stranger, love flowers, and fabric, and tea and dessert. You also loved Jesus and shared His love with many, many others. You were one of a kind for sure. You were beautiful and had a classic style all your own. You had a good sense of humor and were an excellent writer. I have found some of your writings and tucked them away to read off and on. I wish everyone could have a wonderful mother like you. You were my very best friend and were always, always, always there for me. Even when you were near the end of your life and in a lot of pain and suffering, you continued to care so much about me. I’m so very happy you were able to have a relationship with my daughter, Charity Hope. She is smart, beautiful, full of life and came to us on your birthday! Love, Iris

  • Danny & Gaylene McGill says:

    Our prayers & thoughts go out to all of you Jim & Ruth. We have known you & Jim’s mother for 35 years. We have lots of very fine memories. She always included us in her nightly prayers. This was very special to us. Thank you Betsy. You will be deeply missed.

  • Ruth Denna says:

    To some people Mother-in-law is a bad word, but not mine.I had her for 51 awesome years, 27 longer tan my own mom.Since we moved her in 1971,I have had a call from mom almost every day. I will miss hearing your voice and you dearly mom.

  • Linda Roehr says:

    Aunt Betsy was a part of us all. She has always been a part of our lives. Indeed, when looking back on all our great childhood memories, Aunt Betay’s face is right there with us. Always. She gave us her love. Always. She was loved in return. Always. Aunt Betsy will be greatly missed. Always.

  • Clara K. Massie says:

    So many wonderful memories of Betsy and the whole Cummings family! Watching the “kids” grow up, along with my own; sharing sessions doing just about everything (fund-raising) for the Teen Challenge Auxiliary; meeting occasionally for pie(!); enjoying the “music parties” for years; seeing each other at church….and so much more. Love and God’s blessings to you Charlene, Iris and Bob Jr, along with your extended families.

  • Vickie Veach Barton says:

    Iris & Charlene and family, Your mother was so dear. I am priveleged to have known what a wonderful wife and mother she was. I’ll always remember the ceaseless work she did for you Iris (when we were roommates). Love and hugs to you all during this sad time, Vickie

  • Larry JOhnston says:

    Words cannot express my sorrow for you, Never knew your mom, but knew she brought forth a beautiful children and now grandchildren, may God be with you all

  • Barbara Thayer Ward says:

    Betsy, Thank you for being such a wonderful part in my life. Your family has meant so much to my Family. Char, Iris and Bob , Love you much. Thank you for sharing your Mom with us. Barb.

  • Bud & Anna Marie Kingdom says:

    Our hearts are with you in love and sympathy. May your happy memories of the past bring you a measure of comfort and peace. Betsy was truly a fine lady and a very caring individual. I will miss her and think of her often. In Sorrow

  • Phil & Marti Denna says:

    Grandma, one question ~ Is the burnt toast and coffee better up there? We are missing you already and can’t wait to see all the jewels in your crown from YEARS of praying for others…YOU ARE LOVED!

  • Debbie Ross Parrish says:

    As I write for all of us, (Frank, Bev, Debbie, Jacquie, Michelle and all the rest of our younger generation we have been blessed with. Anyone who ever knew Bets was always left with the deapest respect for her and her beliefs. What can any one person ever say other than how truely GREAT a person she was, to all those who knew her, she always left them with a greatest of feelings. My Dad, Frank, was always reminded that Bets was his ONLY AUNT, I will never forget our last visit before her passing, she might have not known who we all were, but the day was the greatest, especially for my dad. The picture of the two of them a week before her passing will always be charished. She will always be in our hearts. I love the way Carol told us of her passing, She just said that Bets has finally graduated. I had never heard of someone passing in that way, it had left me with the feeling of no sorrow but only her journey into the new has begun. Love the Ross’s

  • Carol Ross says:

    Aunt Bets has always bigger than life to her family. Oh, the stories that make us laugh until tears roll. The hours and hours camping, visiting, loving created the rich tapestry of my memories of my Auntie. Now, she has joined Little Grandma, Hank, Dot and our beloved Unca Bob! Thank you Betsy for who you were and what you stood for.

  • Dave & Pat Denna says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time. We will always remember Betsys smile,warm hug and greeting whenever we were together. God Bless.

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