P.O. Box 506, 943 Highway 425 North, Monticello, AR71655

Wanda Ralph Cummings Young
March 1, 1941 - September 18, 2022

Wanda Ralph Cummings Young

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Wanda Ralph Cummings Young age 81 of Wilmar went to be with her Lord
and Savior Sunday, September 18, 2022 at Belleview Estates
Rehabilitation and Care Center in Monticello, AR.
She was born March 1, 1941 in Pine Bluff AR to the late Ralph Jackson
and Lettie Ratliff Cummings. She was preceded in death by her husband of
53 years Robert L ''Diddle'' Young Sr who lovingly referred to her as ''Sugar
Babe'', one sister Everly Glover and one brother Qwinten Cummings along
with her in laws DC ''Tab'' and Edna Glennon Young.
Wanda was known by many names. She was a daughter, sister, aunt, wife,
mother, Nanny, friend, nurse to all and Dr. to some. She never stopped
nursing people even as her health was failing. She loved to do research
and come up with the perfect care plan. She used to joke that one day she
would have to retire her nursing shingle..but not today. She has helped so
many people with her love of nursing. Wanda began her career in the old
Drew Memorial Hospital. She loved to reminisce about the good ole days
while working in that hospital with nurses who became her life long friends.
When Dr. Paul Wallick opened Monticello Medical Clinic Wanda became
not only his clinical nurse but his surgical nurse also. She loved being in
the operating room. After a brief retirement Wanda returned to her roots
and Drew Memorial Hospital where she became a case manager. She was
always advocating for her patients. She purchased the first moses basket
for the hospital. She delivered many babies on her own and knew how
important it was for a mother who had lost their baby to be able to say
goodbye. She loved and cherished her sisterhood of nurses and friends
from Drew Memorial.
Wanda was a past member of the Drew County Chapter of the American
Red Cross where she served in the offices of secretary and president. The
Red Cross was always dear to her heart. She is a past member of the
Drew Memorial Hospital Board. No one loved their hospital more than she
did. She was a past member of the Democratic Women of Drew County,
Business and Professional Women of Drew County and a member of
Wilmar Baptist Church.
She is survived by her three children Von (Sandra) Young, Tammy (Robert)
Stafford and Beth (Bruce) Davis. Five grandchildren Kristy (Andrew) and
Nikki (Joe) Young, Brandon (Anne) Stafford, Kerri (Kirt)Sledge and Kailyn
(Dane)Davis. Five great grandchildren Olivia, Addison, Averi, Chase,
Canyon and another precious great grandson Davis Lake due in October.
One Step Sister Jane Fritt along with numerous nieces, nephews and
friends. Memorials may be made to the Wilmar Cemetery Association PO
Box 132 Wilmar, AR 71675, Drew Memorial Hospital Foundation or the
American Red Cross

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Monday, September 19, 2022
from 3:30-4:00 p.m.
Wilmar Cemetery
S. 12th Street
Wilmar, AR  71675
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Graveside Service
Monday, September 19, 2022
at 4:00 p.m.
Wilmar Cemetery
South 12 St.
Wilmar, AR  71675
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Wilmar Cemetery
12th St.
Wilmar, AR  71675
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  1. Gwendolyn Young Jolin
    My deepest sympathy to all relatives and friends of Wanda and Diddle. May God grant you peace.

    Gynn R and Ila Jo Young family
  2. Betty Ollison
    To the Young Family. My Deepest Condolences. May God Comfort You during this time. I use to work with Mrs Wanda Also with Mr Diddle. I loved them both. They were the nicest people always smiling.

    Betty Ollison And Family
  3. Mary Lasiter
    My deepest sympathy to all of the family. Wanda will be missed. I remember when we were in school and she would decide to go home during school hours. I would go with her. As we walked in the door she would call "Mama" and I would call "Mama" and Mrs. Cummings would laugh. She was usually cooking Mr. Ralph's lunch. So many good memories of her. She will be greatly missed by all. RIP dear friend. I loved you then. I love you still. Always have. Always will.
  4. Carole Rushing
    To the family: Lifting you all in prayer. Wanda was very dear to our family. She spent so much time there during her school years. When our Dad died she was right there brushing his suit
    "just to make sure the cleaners didn't miss anything, Granddad's suit has to be perfect". My parents thought of her as they would a grandchild. She and my sister were so very close. We all loved her so much. Praying that the Lord will Grace you all with strength through this great loss and will give you comfort and peace of mind.
    Wanda, until we meet again ----
    Love you, Lady
    Carole (Doss-Johns) Rushing
  5. Lisa Schmidt
    My heart goes out to the family. I have a lot of memories of Ms. Wanda. She was always so kind to me. May God comfort the family now and in the days to come.
  6. Al and Cindy Barajas
    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family
  7. Joann Adair Holian
    To all of Wanda’s family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Wanda was a big part of my decision to become a nurse many years ago. She was such a wonderful person and a great nurse. She will be missed by all that knew her RIP dear Wanda
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