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Betty D. Cummings

 

Betty D. Cummings, 84, died at her home in Accord New York.

Born on May 9, 1928 in Glen Head, NY, she was the daughter of the late
Patrick and Ella Dunn.

Betty married her husband Edwin G. Cummings upon his return from
active duty in the Korean War. They were married for 54 years until
Ned's passing in 2007.

Betty and Ned together ran Wynfomeer Kennels in Accord for many years.
Prior to that Betty was a highly accomplished dog and horse
trainer/handler. She even rode and exercised one of the most beloved
American thoroughbreds of all time, Sea Biscuit.

As a dog breeder and handler, Betty won many national and
international awards. For many years she was always a contender (and
winner) at the Westminster Kennel Club in New York. She remained an
active dog handler until her recent illness and she enjoyed the
distinction of being the oldest professional dog handler in the
nation.

Betty had an uncanny way with all animals, and she could do amazing
things with wild creatures. She even fed wild deer from her hands (or
"paws"), as she called them.

Betty and her husband Ned were dedicated sponsors of the Ulster County
4H group Mutt Masters for many years. Under their tutelage, hundreds
of young participants learned to groom, train and show dogs. The group
won many state and national awards. Many of those young people are now
dog breeders and handlers of their own right.

In short, Betty had a profound influence upon the lives of all the
people that she touched. She was always positive in attitude and
demeanor and set a wonderful example and work ethic. Until her death
Betty has maintained close relationships with many of the youth she
taught and loved.

Survivors include Betty's sister-in-law, Nancy Thurber and her husband
Harry of Greenport, New York. Her very dear friends; Bob and Pat
Keagle, Debra Quick, Roy Pasko, Sue and Brian Kelly and Garrett
O'Dell. There are also several nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate Betty's life on
Saturday, April 6th at 2PM at the Marbletown Reformed Church, Stone
Ridge, NY. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the
Accord-Kerhonkson Rescue Squad or to the ASPCA will be gratefully
welcomed.


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Guestbook

Sorry to hear about Betty.. My condolences to family and friends..

Carmella Schoonmaker Mar 25 2013 12:00 AM

I had met Betty early in my years of Welsh Springer Spaniels.  She was always willing to share her knowledge of the breed with me.  Living only a hour away back then we were usually at the same shows.  I have memories of Ned at the Hunt Tests.  Sitting with Betty after Ned's funeral I knew how much she was going to miss him.  I hope they are holding hands together now.

Teri Kavakos Mar 21 2013 12:00 AM

Betty will be missed.  With her passing a wealth of knowledge and great stories of her years in dogs.  She shared those stories and helpful tips readily.  She was a treasure in the dog world.  

Judy Hogentogler Mar 18 2013 12:00 AM

Betty will be missed by all who knew her!  She was a great lady with a wealth of knowledge not only about Welshies but dogs and animals!  I will always remember her and Ned walking at the shows holding hands!  She was always willing to help anyone and never complained!  Rest in peace, Betty!

Jennifer Landers Mar 18 2013 12:00 AM

Betty will truly be missed by those of us that were blessed enough to have known her.  An icon in the dog show community, she was known and respected by many.  She was always there with advice or praise, willing to assist whenever she was needed. Betty, rest well, you will be missed by both the 2 and 4 leggers!

Sue Kelly Mar 18 2013 12:00 AM

The first time I saw Betty, she and Ned were walking hand-in-hand and that is how I will always think of them.  Betty was a treasure and there will never be another person like her.  And now I can say what she used to say to me at the end of our phone conversations, "Goodbye for a while!"  Betty is with Ned and that is how it should be.

Wendy Jordan Mar 18 2013 12:00 AM

Betty Cummings handled one of my Welsh Springers, Jenny; turning a mischievous young dog into a contender for championship points (and it was thanks to Betty that my Jenny finished her championship in 1997).  More than that, Betty owned the multiple-titled sire of Jenny (and another dog I owned) and gave me hours of her time on the phone or at ringside and at her home when I wanted advice on dogs, showing, breeding, grooming, or to hear her wonderful stories.  Betty was always a true professional in the ring. The dog show community, and all those who love dogs, have lost a great lady.

Pat Floss Mar 18 2013 12:00 AM

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