CUMMING, Roberta

Roberta Cumming, (Auntie Bob, Bobbie, Tante), leaves behind an inestimable legacy of courage, devotion, adventure, generosity, and profound respect for heritage. With gratitude, we reflect on a life well lived.

Beloved daughter of Percy and Ada Cumming, devoted sister to Eva Lou (Graham), Dwight, Bruce and Elma (Foster), auntie to 17 nieces and nephews, over 30 grand nieces and nephews, Roberta passed away on December 24th. at the age of 98 yrs.
As the eldest daughter in a farming family, Roberta found strength and dignity in being her dad’s right-hand person on the farm in the Ottawa valley. Upon graduating high school, she taught in a one room schoolhouse for two years, after which she pursued a degree in History at McMaster University and a certificate in Christian Education. As a young teacher, she joined the staff of the Feller Institute, a protestant boarding school in Ste. Blaise Quebec. Later moving closer to family in Edmonton, Bobbie received formal training in the B. Ed program at the University of Alberta and began a fulfilling career as a public-school teacher in Tofield and Wetaskiwin. As a lifelong learner, she sought further qualifications in teaching French by studying in Quebec, St Pierre et Miquelon, and Grenoble, France, she also obtained a Gr 9 RCM certificate in singing, later in life.

At the heart of her rich and exciting life was family; rich, because her treasure troves abounded with cultivated friendships, exciting, because she made history come alive through traveling and ministry abroad. Nonetheless, Roberta was fiercely loyal to her parents, proving her devotion to her mother by living with her several years after her father’s passing. Both she and Grandma Cumming would relish season’s tickets to the Edmonton NFL football games, spending lovely summer months at their cottage on the lake and travel overseas to England, Scotland, Egypt and Israel.
Bobbie steadfastly lived out her Christian faith which she passed onto future generations by example and teaching. She and her family were active members of Edmonton First Baptist Church where Bobbie sang as soprano in the choir. As our Auntie Bob, she instilled a deep sense of respect for family, the church and the monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Ultimately, she was a follower of Jesus Christ, the very inspiration of her life of service and love to others. She cast a wide net of friendship, compassion, and neighbourliness.

It could be said that she had many children, as she kept in close touch with many nieces and nephews (17 in all) and grand nieces and nephews throughout her life, attended many of their special events, and encouraged each one in their life journeys. She adopted many students who may have lodged with her, or have been acquaintances through travel, such as her dear friends from Turkey.
In the eighties, upon retirement, Bobbie served for close to 5 years with the Canadian Baptist Ministries as an English teacher and student counsellor at the University of Marmara, Istanbul, Turkey.

A familiar Christian chorus speaks of the inner flame that causes a life to be of such influence:
“It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around will warm up to its glowing, that’s how it is with God’s love, once you’ve experienced it, you spread His love to everyone, you want to pass it on”. Thank you, Bobbie, for fanning the spark of God’s love, kindling flames to pass on to present and future generations.

For a link to Roberta’s service on Friday January 7, 2022 at 11:00am go here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDQp0tywK8k
Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101

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Lynn & Dave Hood

We were Roberta’s neighbours for over 10 years in Edmonton. Roberta was like a surrogate grandmother for our children as we would often visit back and forth across the fence and have each other over for tea. My children loved going over to Roberta’s, as it was seen as a special event. I admired Roberta for her ability to always bring people together. Our whole family has many fond memories of our time together. She was a wonderful light in our lives and I consider her one of my dearest friends. We will miss her greatly.
Lynn, Dave, Matthew, Joshua and Emma Hood
Victoria, BC

Sharon Strong

As a former student and later a friend, I’m remembering Miss Cumming with warmth and love for all her wonderful spirit and guidance over the years. She and my mother taught together in Tofield and she was a great friend in our family. Rest In Peace, dear soul.

Jim Allan

She was able to see in some of us which we could not see in ourselves. A fine lady.

Kenneth Appleby

My condolences to Miss Cumming’s family. I was one of her many students in Tofield. I did learn enough French that I did manage to pass French 200 at the U. of A. She was a good teacher and a good person and I know she will be missed.

Jim and Gloria Purcell

Bobbie certainly had an interesting and rewarding life.
She touched many lives all for the better.
We are sorry we are unable to be there for the service tomorrow.

Wayne Jackson

Roberta was a great neighbour and friend from the time we moved into our home on 85th Avenue in 1976. Stories were exchanged about Quebec, teaching experiences, ferries across the Bosphorus, Garneau in past times, families, and so much more. Our children delivered the Journal to Roberta’s – she got to know each of them. My condolences to the Cumming Family.

Helen and Doug Fraser

Truly a sincere, kind and alert person, contributing in many ways to the life at First Baptist Church, Edmonton, in the years we knew her.
Helen & Doug Fraser
Brandon Manitoba

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