Jeanette May Cummings, 69, passed away Oct. 29, 2018, surrounded by the most important people in her life — her family — after a short, excruciating battle against cancer. Jeanette was born May 10, 1949, in Libby to Raymond and Evelyn (Hays) Siefke. Jeanette grew up and went to school in Libby and began taking care of her father and siblings at the young age of 14, after losing her own mother to cancer.
She married the love of her life, James Cummings Sr., on Feb. 19, 1968, and raised their family in their home of more than 30 years near Bull Lake.
Jeanette was a loving, compassionate, soft-hearted and hardworking person, but she also had a stubborn and hard-headed side. She was always working on a project of some kind in the kitchen, the garden or on the house. She loved working with wood or playing in the dirt. If she wasn’t working on her own projects, she was helping someone else with theirs or just spending time with her family.
Jeanette was more than just a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. She was her family’s greatest inspiration, their rock. Her children loved her deeply and they all called her every night to fill her in on their day’s events. Her family’s hearts are forever broken. Her family has some comfort knowing she is with her husband again, fishing with her dad and getting a long-awaited hug from her mom.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Evelyn Siefke; husband, James Cummings; and brother, Wayne Siefke.
Jeanette is survived by her children Nikki Ramirez of Troy, Tammi Francis of Winnemucca, Nevada, Jamie (Dave) Bernhart of Post Falls, Idaho, James (Kimberly) Cummings, Jr. of Great Falls and Jessica (Logan) Munts of Troy; grandchildren Adriana, Emily, Isabel and Olivia Ramirez, Samantha (Joe) Brooks, Erik Francis, and Jayden Kirk, Colby and Shaylee Bernhart, Ashlynne (Kenneth) Eiman and Connor Cummings, and Trevor and Tyler Munts; great-grandchildren Autumn, Cael, Mya and Cameron; sisters Shirley (Wayne) Hirst and Diane Siefke; brothers Tim (Faith) Siefke, Bruce (Brenda) Siefke and Johnny Siefke, as well as brother Daniel and his wife, LaDonna Goff, that she didn’t get to know for enough years; numerous nieces and nephews; and many in-laws that she always loved as family.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at the Troy Community Baptist Church in Troy. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.
Online condolences and memories may be made at www.schnackenbergfh.com.