Iva Grace Cummings was born January 18, 1914, at Friend, NE, to Lloyd Samuel and Edith Mae (Adams) Ridgeley. She spent her early years in Nebraska, graduating from Friend High School in 1931. On June 26, 1931, she married her high school sweetheart, James Marion Cummings. One son and two daughters were born to this union. Grace and her husband lived in Nebraska and then moved to Oklahoma for a time. They then moved to Iowa, and began serving as ministers of the Gospel and invested over fifty years in building, remodeling and pastoring churches in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Grace spent much time entertaining evangelists, missionaries and other guests in her home, rising early in the morning to bake pies and prepare delicious meals. She was extremely talented in the arts of crochet, knitting, and embroidery. She also played the piano and sang for various church functions. She taught Sunday School and directed children’s ministries. She served several years as president of the Women’s Ministry of the SD Assemblies of God.
She is survived by her son, Rev. Howard Cummings and wife, Margie of Aurora, CO, two daughters: Wanema and husband, Glen Wieczorek of Mitchell and Joyce and husband, Rev. Garry Swagger of Letcher; ten grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; one sister-in-law; one brother-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant daughter, Dorothy Mae, two brothers, Ivan and Earl, one sister, Erline Haroff and one niece Carolyn Ridgeley.