Ann Cummins

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Ann Cummins

Ann Cummins, widow of Dr. Ben Cummins, and mother of Julia Caulder and Martha Cummins-Bell, died peacefully in her sleep in her home in the early morning hours of January 13th, 2018, after a six month battle with cancer.

Ann was born to Dr. Edward and Lida Rynearson in Rochester, MN on May 10, 1934. It would be inappropriate to merely bullet point her achievements. Ann was a good human. A human of depth and strength, of vulnerability and emotion. She knew and helped care for Ernest Hemingway, but never mentioned it. She was forced on at least one occasion to acquiesce to a stranger's insistence that Ann was in fact, Carol Burnett and had to sign an autograph just to be left in peace. She snuck out of a bathroom window while on a bad date once, only to run into the guy a year later on a different continent. And in her youth she was such an avid skier that she was mistaken for an Olympian by an admiring Swiss youth after a particularly excellent & fast run that had been inspired by the need to find a bathroom when she realized she'd contracted the stomach flu on the top of a Swiss mountain.

Her proudest career achievement was working with underserved communities in public schools as an English as a Second Language teacher. And the love she showed her students was repaid by a thousand smiles & the affection with which she was embraced.

But it was her marriage to her true love and eternal partner, Ben, that truly defined her life. Not because she needed a man, but because she found in him a soulmate. Together they shared passionate beliefs about politics and social justice, as well as a transcendent love for classical music. Just as some people have followed the Grateful Dead around the country, Ben and Ann would follow classical pianists.

And while our hearts are heavy with Ann's passing, she is now at rest with Ben, and her long and beautiful journey with us is complete. Thank you, Ann. You did good. Her memorial will be small and private, but if you'd like honor her in a way she'd truly appreciate, please consider making a donation in her name with Physicians for Social Responsibility at

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Jan. 14, 2018