Betty D. Cummings

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Betty D. Cummings ACCORD- Betty D. Cummings, 84, died at her home in Accord New York on Friday, March 15, 2013. Born on May 9, 1928 in Glen Head, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Ella Dunn. Betty married her husband Edwin G. Cummings upon his return from active duty in the Korean War. They were married for 54 years until Ned's passing in 2007. Betty and Ned together ran Wynfomeer Kennels in Accord for many years. Prior to that Betty was a highly accomplished dog and horse trainer/handler. She even rode and exercised one of the most beloved American thoroughbreds of all time, Sea Biscuit. As a dog breeder and handler, Betty won many national and international awards. For many years she was always a contender (and winner) at the Westminster Kennel Club in N.Y. She remained an active dog handler until her recent illness and she enjoyed the distinction of being the oldest professional dog handler in the nation. Betty had an uncanny way with all animals, and she could do amazing things with wild creatures. She even fed wild deer from her hands (or ‘paws'), as she called them. Betty and her husband Ned were dedicated sponsors of the Ulster County4H group Mutt Masters for many years. Under their tutelage, hundreds of young participants learned to groom, train, and show dogs. The group won many state and national awards. Many of those young people are now dog breeders and handlers of their own right. In short, Betty had a profound influence upon the lives of all the people that she touched. She was always positive in attitude and demeanor and set a wonderful example and work ethic. Until her death Betty has maintained close relationships with many of the youth she taught and loved. Survivors include Betty's sister-in-law, Nancy Thurber and her husband Harry of Greenport, N.Y.; and her very dear friends, Bob and Pat Keagle, Debra Quick, Roy Pasko, Sue and Brian Kelly, and Garrett O'Dell. There are also several nieces and nephews. There will be a memorial service to celebrate Betty's life on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Marbletown Reformed Church, Stone Ridge, N.Y. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the Accord-Kerhonkson Rescue Squad or to the ASPCA will be gratefully welcomed. To send a personal condolence to Betty's family & friends please visit www.humistonfuneral home.com

Published in the Daily Freeman on Mar. 19, 2013
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