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By Staff | Oct 5, 2012

Jane Harris Cummings, 82, of Harpers Ferry, departed this life Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Canterbury Center in Shepherdstown.

Born on March 5, 1930, in Charles Town, she was the daughter of the late William Mason Harris and Margaret Watson Harris.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town.

Jane graduated from Charles Town High School in 1947, and went to work for Commonwealth’s Attorney Joseph A. Massie Jr., in Frederick County, Va., as a secretary, and later in the same capacity for Potomac Light and Power in Charles Town. Jane married George Franklin Cummings in 1955, and went on to raise their family in lower historic Harpers Ferry. She was town clerk for Harpers Ferry for 25 years, and a member of the Harpers Ferry Woman’s Club. She was also an early member of the Charles Town Library, and was particularly fond of Regency novels, especially by Georgette Heyer. Friends and coworkers alike knew Jane for her demure, sweet nature.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Cummings Brooks, of Hamilton, Va.; two sons, David C. Cummings and John M. Cummings, both of Harpers Ferry; one sister, Rosemary Harris Phillips, of Winchester, Va.; one grandson, Gregory C. Brooks, of Hamilton, Va.; one cousin, F. Stephen Watson, of Bedington; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Franklin Cummings, on Sept. 8, 2012; one son, Joseph Andrew Cummings, of Harpers Ferry; and one cousin, Marian Watson Owens, of Leetown.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at St. Peters Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry, with the Rev. Fr. John Ledford as celebrant, assisted by Deacon David Galvin.

Interment was in St. Peters Cemetery in Harpers Ferry.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at her obituary at www.eackles-spencerfunerahome.com.