CUMMINS, LESLIE HAYS, age 58, passed away quietly in her home on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 after a brave two-year struggle with ovarian cancer. She was born in New Orleans and graduated with honors from St. Martin's High School. She attended SMU and UNO, and later became an accomplished writer, book editor, and professional graphic designer. She and her husband Bill were residents of Birmingham from 1982 to 2000. For several years, she devoted her talents to editing UAB's Comprehensive Cancer Center Magazine in Birmingham, AL. She was an active member of the Elliotsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Alabaster, and served as troop leader in the Girl Scouts of Shelby County. Returning home later in life, Leslie served as the Administrative Assistant to the Founding Pastor (Rev. Flint Shea) of North Cross United Methodist Church in Madisonville. She was a Master Gardener, and an avid cook with award winning recipes published nationally. She is preceded in death by her parents Janice Hunter Hays and Frank Richard Hays. Survivors include husband of 36 years William C. Cummins, daughters Alison Cummins Page (David) and Katherine Hays Robertson (Robby), and many wonderful friends. A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 20, 2010 at 11:00am at North Cross United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: North Cross United Methodist, 311 Highway 21, Madisonville, LA 70447; www.northcrosschurch.org,or to: AROVA Contemporary Ballet, 501(c)3, 427 Hickory St., Birmingham, AL 35206. www.arova.org (click 'support')
Published by The Birmingham News on Aug. 18, 2010.
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Dear Billy, We are so sorry for your loss, and that we can't be there to be with you and share with you. We are thankful that Leslie's earthly struggles are over, and we're celebrating with the Angles in Heaven for her arrival in Paradise. Enjoy the comfort of your many friends and family, and know that you and your family are in our prayers. May God bless you and comfort you in the future. Love, Eddie and Cinci
Eddie Geogehgan
August 20, 2010
Bill, I think back through the years to the time when our lives intersected and remember you and Leslie and the girls with much fondness. My thoughts and prayers are with you. D. Gillis
Danny Gillis
August 18, 2010
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