Mary Cummings

Obituary of Mary L. Cummings

Mary Daum Cummings April 21, 1929 – February 1, 2021 Canandaigua- Mary Daum Cummings (b. Mary Lenore Whitehill) died peacefully in Rochester, NY, on February 1, 2021 at the age of 91. She was born in Butler, PA, the oldest of four siblings, to Mary Doerr Whitehill and George Washington Whitehill. She graduated from Slippery Rock State Teachers College and married the love of her life, Theodore Edward Daum, in 1951. She led an adventurous life with Ted, a naval aviator, and was a great mom to their five kids in homes from Columbus, OH, Pensacola, FL, San Rafael, CA, San Diego, CA, Beeville, TX, Sanford, FL, to Rota, Spain. When Ted, a Navy commander, died in 1968, Mary returned to Sanford to raise her kids, to whom she had unwavering devotion. Life then took her to Annapolis, MD, and eventually she reconnected with Larry Cummings at a Butler High School reunion. They married in 1988 and moved to the Front Range. After enjoying Ft. Collins, CO, and Green Valley, AZ, together, Larry passed away in 2013 and Mary came back east to Canandaigua, NY. She is survived by four of her kids, Michael George Daum, Christopher Paul Daum, Mary Ann Flood, and Amy Daum Rosemond, in addition to ten grandchildren; five great grandchildren; her sister, Georgeann Hitzel; and brother, Simeon Whitehill. Her son, Theodore Edward Daum, Jr., and her brother Bernard Whitehill preceded her in death. She had a loving, spirited, and powerful personality and liked her coffee "Black as night, strong as love, and hot as hell!" To share a memory or express condolences online please visit
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