Cleona Faye Cummings, 88, died Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at her home in Vinton due to complications of Parkinson’s disease.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Oak Grove Church, rural Shellsburg, with Pastor Matt McGee and Pastor Larry Rodgers officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 18, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton. Private family inurnment will be held in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton, at a later date.

Faye was born July 23, 1930, on her family’s farm near Atlanta, Missouri, the daughter of David Olin and Celia Venora Hall Baldwin. She was a 1949 graduate of Lincoln High School in Vinton.

On June 3, 1951, Faye was united in marriage with William E. Cummings at the Assembly of God Church in Vinton. She worked for Fourth Street Cleaners; Dog n’ Suds; Café 218; and was a salesperson for Hasbro toys, Home Interiors, and Avon. She was a cook for the Vinton school district for many years, retiring in 2000.

Faye was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Vinton for 60+ years prior to attending Oak Grove Church. She was a Cub Scout den mother and enjoyed flower gardening, sewing and collecting angel statues. Above all, she cherished time with her family.

Faye is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bill Cummings, of Vinton; her children: Wm. Craig Cummings, Jeffrey Cummings and Rachel Morarie, all of Vinton; siblings: Joan (Don) Anders of Newhall; Pat (Larry) Davis of Urbandale; Edwin (Beverly) Baldwin of La Porte City; and Mardene (Gary) Schulke of Flagstaff, AZ; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Doug Cummings; daughter-in-law Lori Cummings; sister and brother-in-law, Nola and Alvin Lindahl; brother-in-law Don Werning; and grandchildren William R. “Billy” Cummings and Sara Jean Cummings Bunch.

A memorial fund has been established.

Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home of Vinton is caring for Faye and her family. Condolences may be left at