1050 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Kathleen Viola Cummins, the fifth of seven children born to David and Rita Springer was born on February 19, 1927 in Rock Hall, St Andrew. She received her early education from the Black Bess Elementary School.
After leaving school, Kathleen learned the skill of dressmaking and at a very early age mastered the art to such a degree that she became the premiere seamstress, not only in her village, but in the regions beyond. While still in her early years she was sought after by countless would-be brides so that she could sew their bridal gowns.
On December 19th, 1946, Kathleen married Winston Cummins, and from this union was born five daughters: Erla, Jeanne, Marita, Janis and Jennifer. Kathleen also helped in the raising and nurturing of her niece, Aleah and nephew Trevor, children of her elder sister Geraldine. She later extended that courtesy to two other nieces, Angela and Cheryl after their parents immigrated to the U.S.
Kathleen became a follower of Jesus Christ at a young age and remained faithful until her death. Not satisfied in just being an ordinary Christian, she enrolled in River Road New Testament Bible School and received her diploma. She was a long-time member of the New Testament Church of God, in her native Rock Hall and later, after relocating to the parish of St James, she joined Bethel Evangelical Church in the neighboring parish of St Michael. By virtue of her devotion to the church, she rose in rank to become a very valued assistant to the Pastor, Lionel Clarke.
In 1973 Kathleen immigrated to the U.S.A. to join her husband and was a member of Vision Pentecostal Church, Brooklyn, NY under the pastorship of her late brother Denzil Springer. She so thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship at Vision, that she faithfully made the long journey from the Bronx week after week.
After spending 20 years in the USA Kathleen retired from her job and returned to Barbados to nurse her aging mother “Mammy”. Apart from the occasional visits to her children, siblings and loved-ones Barbados became her permanent home. On May 16, 2012, she returned to the USA for medical reasons. This would prove to be her last visit, an action reminiscent of that of the apostle Paul. It afforded some of us, her loved ones, to spend the last moments of her life with her.
Kathleen possessed many exemplary qualities, in addition to her devotion to the work of the Lord. One that stands out most was her love for her fellow-man. A more generous and loving person is almost impossible to find. This is a trait that she may have inherited from her late mother Rita.
She is predeceased by four siblings, Geraldine Cumberbatch, Lillian Phillips, Joseph and Denzil Springer. She is survived by two siblings Winifred Mayers and Erdean Springer.
Also left to mourn their loss are her daughters Erla Springer, Jeanne Farrell, Marita Mitchell, Janis Goodridge and Jenifer Ifill; grand children Tracie Springer, Christopher, Patrick and Wayne Farrell; Olinga Mitchell; David and Shaina Goodridge; Ryan Ifill; five great grandchildren; sons-in law: Dr. Keith Mitchell (former Prime Minister of Grenada), Darwin Goodridge and Everton Ifill; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and life long friends.
Those of us who have had the privilege of knowing Kathleen are better off for having done so. She leaves behind a legacy we should seek to emulate. She can accurately identify with the song that she did not leave behind an unfinished task. In her lifetime she taught us several valuable lessons, but most importantly she taught us how to live and now she has taught us how to die.
Photos of Kathleen
2nd Homegoing service
Sister Cummins will have a 2nd homegoing service on June 18th 2012 in Barbados.
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