Othal E. Cummings, age 102, of Carterville, Mo. passed away at 6:00 a.m. Thursday, August 9, 2012 at Webb City Health and Rehab Center following three years of ill health.
Othal was born January 16, 1910 in Conway, Missouri. She came to Carterville 12 years ago from Golden City, Mo. where she lived four years. For twenty two years she lived on the Hopi and Navaho Indian Reservations in Tuba City, Arizona where her daughter and son-in-law served as missionaries. Previously she lived and raised her family in McDonald County in the Tiff City area. Othal was a member of the Webb City Assembly of God Church. She was a quilter, and made over 2,000 quilts, mainly for Indian children.
Othal was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Cummings, one sister, three brothers, a son-in-law, two granddaughters, and a grandson. Survivors include four sons, Glen Cummings and wife Joan, and Robert Cummings and wife Valerie, all of Carl Junction, Mo., Kenneth Cummings and wife Ann, Seneca, Mo., and Philip Cummings and wife B.J., Salina, Okla.; three daughters, Loreta Lawrence and husband Joe, Lockwood, Mo., Lucille Hodson, Webb City, and Gladys Frey and husband George, Three Forks, Montana; two sisters, Myrtly Stallsmith, Baxter Springs, Kansas, and Pauline Goff, Riverton, Kansas; 23 grandchildren; and numerous great and great great grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday at the Hedge-Lewis Chapel with Rev. Ernest Friend officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Galena, Kansas with her grandsons serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the Chapel. Memorial contributions are requested to the Tuba City, Arizona Assembly of God for the Indian Mission in care of the Funeral Home. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hedge-Lewis Funeral Home of Webb City, Mo.