Our family's angel crossed over the final bridge to heaven on October 18, 2016. Beth was born in Hot Springs, South Dakota, on February 13, 1947 from the marriage of John W. (Bill) and Elizabeth F. Cummings. She lived in Newcastle and then on their ranch in the Fairview area southwest of town. Beth graduated from Newcastle high school in 1965. She then went on to beauty school in Rapid City, SD. In the year of our Lord, 1966, I, Harry R. Crawford, caught my first glimpse of Beth and, on June 10, 1967, when asked, "Do you take Beth Ann Cummings?" I do, I do, I do!!! For 49 years Beth and I were still saying, I do, I do, I do!!! From our love to one another, our family began. Our first son born was Richard Shane Crawford. Two years later, came our second son Scott Lancer Crawford followed by our third son, Travis Lane Crawford, two years later. Three of our most precious gifts! Little did I know, that was just the beginning of the blossoming of our heaven on earth marriage. Beth Ann was an angel in human form, her wings never stopped spreading. At first, is was just her and I, then the boys, then their wives and families. She touched so very many people in ways that only now tells the girth of her wings as their condolences come pouring in. How so foolish I was to think that it was I who found her. Her sole purpose here on earth was the happiness she could bring to each of us. Never do I remember her asking for herself. On few occasions, Beth would take a little time out for herself. She was a "quilter." Actually, a quilter's quilter! In the small town of Hill City, SD. lives a nationally acclaimed quilter. So busy is this person, that she selects her local clients based on skills, and knowledge of the art. She and Beth are on a "first name" basis, Beth was "that" good! Beth is a professional multi-tasker to say the very least! Her abilities are limitless, she surprised me more than once. It was she who hauled the first loads of fill-dirt to create a road to our future home. It was she who stained every piece of molding, every door, painted every room plus the entire porch ceiling, wallpapered our ceilings and walls and put down over 2500 square feet of hardwood flooring. Our home standing today is the result of Beth's determination to make my dream a reality! Can you imagine? She did all of this, plus overcome the first challenge in our marriage as the "bread winner" for our family while I was serving our country. The pay was minimal, but she was a beautician of the highest quality. She maintains a "license to practice" today should the need arise. I was only the "dreamer" of our marriage, but it was Beth who made my dreams come true! Beth touched the lives of many people with her smile and generosity, and maintained her trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. She will be greatly missed by all.
Beth is preceded in death by her father, John W. (Bill) Cummings, her brother Mike Cummings, her grandparents Ray and Eva Cummings, and John Toth SR. and Rose Toth.
Beth will forever be remembered by her loving husband Dick Crawford, her mother Elizabeth Cummings, her beloved children Shane (Brenna) Crawford, Lance (Nora) Crawford, Travis (Marcie) Crawford and her treasured grandchildren Shayna (Jacob) Schouten, Sydney Crawford, Payton Crawford, Madison Crawford, Colin Heaton and Alaina Laurence. Beth's devoted brother Craig (Tracie) Cummings, and their family, her nieces and nephews, Cammy (Nick, Sam, Will) Johnson, Mike (Mary) Cummings, Tyler (Hannah) Cummings, and Colton (Brittany, Owen, Riese) Cummings along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to have known her.
Greenwood Cemetery (Newcastle)
570 S. Spokane Ave.
Newcastle, WY, 82701
OCT 22. 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Weston County Senior Services Center
627 Pine Street
Newcastle, WY, US, 82701