Muriel's Story

HOWLAND - Muriel Grace (Blake) Cummings died peacefully May 4, 2015, with the loving hands of her four children embracing her. She was the fourth of seven children born to Dean and Charlotte (Stevens) Blake in Lincoln on April 22, 1928. A truly beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Muriel was the perfect picture of strength and grace, and was one who touched the life of each person she met.

She was a proud American and member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Howland. Muriel attended Lincoln schools, worked at J.J. Newberry department store, Howland Tanning and at PVHS cafeteria. She married Raymond Cummings on September 10, 1949, and together they built their home on the Penobscot River in Howland, where they raised their family and developed a successful general contracting business. Some of the joys in her life in addition to her family, included music, dancing, shopping, movies and camp on Cold Stream Pond. She was truly an excellent cook and happiest in strawberry fields. She had a great appreciation for nature and all its beauty, as well as for any animal that her children would bring to her home.

Muriel will forever be deeply loved and remembered by her family, including beloved sons, Stephen Cummings and his wife, Christine, of Howland and Danny Cummings and his wife, Carol, of Howland; also her beloved daughters, Laurie and her husband, Randy Bernard, of New Bern, North Carolina, and Lorna and her husband, Bryan Artes, of Howland. She was the proud grandmother of Sharon Haskell and her husband, William, of Argyle, Stephen Cummings Jr. and his wife, Sarah, of Brewer, Leah Ly and her husband, Viet, of Westbrook, Matthew Cummings and his wife, Amanda, of Bangor, Jamie Bernard of New Bern, North Carolina, Bryce Bernard and his wife, Kimberly, of Raleigh, North Carolina, Derek Artes and his girlfriend, Jen Fairbrother, of Bangor and Brody Artes and his wife, Lindsay, of Portland. Cherished great-grandchildren include Julia, Stephen III, Nathan, Dylan, Gracie, Blake and Nicholas, and another great-grandchild, due to arrive in November to Bryce and Kimberly Bernard. She was very close to her siblings and is survived by her sister, Marilyn King and her husband, Phillip, of West Enfield; sister-in-law, Fern Cummings of Lowell; and many special cousins, nieces and nephews. Along with her husband, Raymond Cummings, she was predeceased by siblings, Phyllis Kellogg and her husband, Roy, Philip Blake Sr. and his wife, Edwidge (Landry), Rosalie Ryder and her husband, John, Joyce Theriault and her husband, Donald, and Malcolm Blake.

An hour of visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, followed by a service in Muriel's memory at the First United Methodist Church, 8 Lee Rd., Lincoln. A private interment will follow the service in the Lincoln Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Muriel's memory may be made to EMMC Pediatric Oncology, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402. "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." Those who wish may sign an online guest register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com.
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