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- 1925-04-26 - 2019-01-11
Cummins, the youngest of three children, was born Ethel Mae to Clifford and Rose (nee Bulah) Thompson in Glouster, Ohio. The family moved to Columbus where she graduated from West High School in 1943. She changed her name to Jeanne Bennett and joined the Bernie Cummins Orchestra. On May 13, 1946, she married Walter Cummins, the lead male vocalist in the band. soon after marrying, the couple left the band and settled in Columbus where they raised six children. Bernie passed away in 1990. Jeanne continued to perform locally into her 70s.