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Elizabeth Cummings

June 5, 1915-Dec. 8, 2008

Elizabeth L. Cummings, 93, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, December 8, 2008 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

Elizabeth L. Young was born to Frank and Margaret (Wiebersch) Young on June 5, 1915 in Waubun. She moved with her family to Detroit Lakes in 1928 and was a 1933 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School. Elizabeth worked as a sales clerk for J.C. Penney Co, Montgomery Ward and for Blandings Department Store, where she was the buyer for the children's department prior to her retirement in 1978. She had been a resident of Park Manor since it opened in 1979.

Elizabeth was an avid reader and instilled in her children a love of reading. She enjoyed the Minnesota Twins, gardening (both flower and vegetable), was a competitive card and board game player, was well known for her baking and, having been a sales clerk for women's clothing, was always perfectly dressed.

Survivors include a son, Tom (Peggy) Cummings of Detroit Lakes; a daughter, Doreen (Dr. Frank) Malin of Ross, Calif.; six grandchildren; a brother, Roy (Peggy) Young of St. Paul; and a sister, Lorenza Bittner of Fargo. Her brother, Cecil Young, preceded her in death.

Friends may call between 4 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes; there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. The visitation will continue for one hour prior to the mass Friday at the church.

A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 at Holy Rosary Church, with the Rev. Jerry Rogers officiating. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. An online guestbook is available for leaving messages of condolence at