Becky S. Cummings - Martin

becky cummings - martin
Becky S. Cummings Martin, age 55 of New Hampton, IA passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2015 in her home surrounded by her family after a four year battle against Lou Gehrig’s disease “ALS.” Becky Sue was born on January 11, 1960 in Charles City, IA to Ronald and Nona (Heinselman) Cummings. She attended Charles City High School and graduated from Hamilton Business College. Becky was united in marriage to Marty Martin in July of 1976. To this union two daughters were born, Shannon and Nicole. The couple later divorced. At the age of 19, Becky began her 33 year career as the secretary at New Hampton Middle School. Throughout those 33 years, Becky ran a tight ship and kept not only the staff but the students on their toes. If there was a question to be answered, Becky knew it with the many hats she wore. She also worked various other part-time jobs including Warren Grain Dryers and New Hampton Country Club. It was there where she met the love of her life, Dennis Knight. With Dennis by her side she learned how to play golf and became a New Orleans and Hawkeye football fan. When away from work, Becky or “Lucky Roy” as her teammates called her, was an avid pool shark. She also enjoyed gardening, growing house plants, reading, and crocheting. In March of 2012, Becky was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. She retired from the job she loved on November 1, 2012. After Becky lost her ability to speak she used her eye gaze computer to translate her thoughts to words. She always looked forward to the Wednesday and Friday visits with her friends. Her greatest wish was to remain in her home; with the help of her family and friends, Becky was granted that wish. Left to cherish Becky’s memories: her best friend and soul mate, Dennis Knight of New Hampton; her daughters, Shannon (Corey) Lindeland of Nashua, IA and Nicole (Mike) Dreckman of New Hampton; her grandchildren, Blake and Sharice Lindeland; her mother, Nona Cummings of Charles City, IA; her sisters, Shelly Boggess of New Hampton, Cindy (Bob) Graham of Rockford, IA; Julie (Nate) Schwickerath of New Hampton; one brother, Jeff (Andrea) Cummings of Floyd, IA; one aunt, Carol (Ron) Boggess of Floyd; several nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as numerous friends and supporters. Preceding her in death was her father, Ronald Cummings; and her grandparents, Lester and Wanda Cummings and Verle and Edith Heinselman.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline


  1. Becky was a shining example for all of us. May God help you face your loss and give you strength and support. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. I am very sorry for your Loss i have known Becky for a long time and she will be missed RIP Becky no more pain

  3. She fought the fight heroically. Now in her loving Father’s arms and no more suffering. My sincere sympathy to her family and friends.
    Jan Manson

  4. So very very sorry for your loss. What an inspiration she was to so many. May she fly with the angles until you can all be together again.

  5. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this wonderful lady who was a hero to many! Becky will live on in the lives she has touched.

  6. All our thoughts and prayers to Becky’s family. May your memories of her help you through the next days. She was a great person and now is without pain. David and Jeanne Roder

  7. Becky was an extraordinary person who always seemed to have a smile on her face. When faced with her terrible disease, she and her family faced it with courage, tenacity, grace, and humor. She is at peace now. Condolences to her family.

  8. Becky was one of a kind. Her smile made you feel good all over. She will be missed by many. Blessings to the family. Kris Markham

  9. My deepest sympathy to Becky’s family. Becky and I did some crazy things growing up! There is one that I alway have to laugh at! In 1974, Becky was spending the night. Becky had very wild and crazy hair. When we woke up in the morning, my Siamese cat, Cesar, attacked her hair. She did not what was going on. It was so funny at the time. Rest in peace Becky and state away from Cesar he’s in heaven too!

  10. My deepest sympathy to Beckys’ family and friends, she fought a horrable disease a long time but now she is in heaven with our holy father and has no more pain and suffering. Linda Stolfus

  11. My sympathy to the entire family. It was a gift to know and work with Becky. Her spirit will always remain with me even though she is gone.

  12. Nikki and Julie I am sorry to here about your mom and sister. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers. She is at peace now!

  13. Nikki I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in our prayers and thoughts. She was a wonderful lady and a big part of this community and will sorely missed. Lori

  14. Our deepest condolences to Becky’s family and friends. Her fight was tough, but now she is comforted in the arms of Our Lord. Rest in Peace, Becky. Valerie and Patrick Folkers

  15. Our sympathy and prayers to Becky’ s family. She was a friend to all who entered the office at school.

  16. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Brenda Wilberding & Joshua Stringer

  17. Thoughts and prayers going out to all of Becky’s friends and family. I remember when she was the receptionist at the New Hampton middle school. She was such a kind hearted woman, and will be missed by many. R.I.P Becky may there be no more pain no longer.

  18. Becky inspired all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all she left behind. Rest in peace Becky.

  19. My deepest condolences to Becky’s family and friends. Her smile could light up a room and her laughter bring joy to all those around her. She will be deeply missed and loved.

  20. Shannon, Nikki, Nona and family. Thoughts and prayers with you all. Becky will be missed so many as she touch so many lives. Big Hugs to all.

  21. To all of Becky’s Family: We are so sorry of your great loss. She was known by many & admired greatly. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Take care

  22. What a brave and courageous lady. She left many wonderful friends and family who loved her and will remember her always. Heaven just received a wonderful angel.

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

  1. Light a Candle
  2. Light a Candle
  3. Light a Candle
  4. Light a Candle
  5. Light a Candle
  6. Light a Candle
  7. Light a Candle
  8. Light a Candle