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Rachel Ann Elizabeth Cummings

The Butler, Gray, Greenfield, Hutchins and Cummings families announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother and matriarch, Rachel A. E. Cummings, at the home of her daughter Henrietta Johnson in Ashburn, VA on May 28th, 2018.

Born in East Harper, Maryland County, Liberia, West Africa, she was a joyous blessing to Barbara Jane Butler Gray and James Benjamin Gray on August 14, 1921.

Ma Rachel, as she was affectionately called, leaves to mourn her children Rosalind B. Cummings, Henrietta B. Johnson, Rachel E. Cummings, Ralph A. E. Cummings (Mona), Edgar B. Cummings (Lena); her sister-in-law Melita Cooper Cummings; her aunt-in-law Ayo B. Cummings; and those she reared David Doe Cummings, and Victor Cummings; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by her parents Barbara and James Benjamin Gray; her siblings Cecelia Gray-Cox, Henrietta Gray-Bush, Beatrice Gray-Harmon, and Charles Gray; her sons Randolph Bransford Cummings Jr, James Benjamin Cummings, Prince McArthur Cummings and her foster daughter Christiana Cummings.

Home-going services are as follows:

Friday, June 15th, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
St. David’s Episcopal Church                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Funeral Service                                                                                 
Friday, June 15th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
St. David’s Episcopal Church                                                            
43600 Russell Branch Avenue                                                           
Ashburn Virginia 20147

Chestnut Grove Cemetery
831 Drainesville Road
Herndon, VA 20170

Family Contact:
Henrietta Johnson (Lady J) 703-723-0845
Ralph Cummings 912-224-6681
Randetta Johnson-Cooper (Ranny) 240-380-5827
Cecelia Davies Cooper 703-731-4735
Monica Caphart (T.C.) 240-462-4710
Emmanuel W. Johnson Jr. (EJ) 240-506-0290  

To light a candle and share your thoughts, please click on the following link:
Rachel A. E. Cummings Obituary Page  


† May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in eternal peace †