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.