Betty Zane Cummings, 88, of Ozark, Mo. died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at Ozark Nursing and Care Center.
Cummings was born April 28, 1931 in Leola, South Dakota to George Washington and Laura Smith. She was a graduate of Willard High School and received her master’s degree from Southwest Texas University. She worked as a registered nurse at Baylor Hospital for a couple of years, and later became the director of nursing for Red River County Hospital. Later, she became the director of nursing under Gladys Edwards at M&S Hospital in Pittsburg and assisted in obtaining the hospital’s accreditation. She retired from the State of Texas Human Resources Department where one of her duties was serving as a nurse at the state Capital in Austin, Texas when the legislature was in session. Cummings was an active member of her church wherever she lived.
Survivors include three daughters, Rebecca Ann Swadley, Rosemarie Davis and husband, Russell, and Ruthetta Richey and husband, Greg; four grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren, one brother, George Washington “Bud” Smith; four sisters, Bunnee Carl, Veloria Butler, Rosie Britton, and Ruby Wagaman; and a host of family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Bob Swadley, Loui Lindeman and Elmer Cummings; and her parents George and Laura Smith.
Visitation and funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Camp County, Texas with Bro. West Haefs and Bro. Clayton Watkins officiating.
Interment was in the Piney Grove Cemetery. Local arrangements were under the direction of Erman Smith Funeral Home in Pittsburg, Texas.