ASHLAND  – Norma Smith Cummings, 84, died at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center, Laconia, NH, on October 8, 2013, after several months of declining health.

Norma was born in Ashland on April 28, 1929, daughter of Edward and Mary Leona (Bilodeau) Smith.   She was a lifelong resident of Ashland, graduating Ashland High School on June 13, 1947. On the day following graduation she married Arnold Cummings.  They were married for 50 years, until his death in 1998.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and beloved aunt.  Norma enjoyed children immensely and was a loving daycare provider for many children over the years.  She enjoyed sewing, reading, knitting, and spending summers at the Ashland Town Beach on Little Squam Lake.  Norma made friends wherever she went, offering smiles and hugs to young and old.

Norma was predeceased by her husband, Arnold, in 1998, her daughter, Dianne Cummings Horne, in 2005 and her fiancé, Bernard Paquette, in 2011.  She is survived by her son and his wife, Robin and Lynn Cummings of Ashland, her daughter and her husband, Nancy and David Page of Ashland, grandchildren, Christopher Cummings and his wife, Jessica,  Derek Horne, Lindsay Sieg  Devin Page and great grandchildren, Malachi Mozeika and Cassie Cummings.  She also leaves behind many cherished nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Dupuis Funeral Home of Ashland is in charge of arrangements.  For more information go to