Thelma R. Summers, 90, of Buckhannon, went home to the Lord Saturday, May 10, 2014, at her home in Buckhannon.
She was born Oct. 17, 1923, in Chelyan, a daughter of the late Hughie D. and Callie Toothman Rippetoe.
On Aug. 1, 1942, she married Forrest Darrel "Pete" Summers, who preceded her in death Nov. 27, 2005.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Helen Shelton; and an infant sister, Bettie Jane Rippetoe.
She is survived by three daughters, Drema Lanham and husband, Robert P., of Pennsboro, Joyce Heckert and husband, Robert P., of Charleston and Lois Yousefi and husband, Abbas, of Middletown, Del.; one son, Darrel Summers and wife, Wanda, of Horner; four granddaughters, Heather Rymer and husband, Bill, of Friendly, Rebecca Heckert of Villa Rica, Ga., Farishta Goodyear and husband, Timothy, of Bear, Del., and Cristina Elliott and husband, Paul, of Harrisville; four grandsons, Mark Izzo of Lexington, Ky., Tony Izzo and wife, Chasity, of Maryville, Tenn., Steven Heckert and wife, Maggie, of Blount and Scott Summers and wife, Crystal, of Cartersville, Ga.; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Summers was an avid homemaker, loved to cook and was a member of Vandalia United Methodist Church. Family was the most important thing in Thelma's life, and she was the most loving mother and devoted wife a family could ask for. During World War II, she worked in an artillery factory at the ordinance plant in South Charleston. Thelma loved plants, flowers and craft making. She especially enjoyed working in the vegetable garden with her husband.
Friends will be received today from 5-8 p.m. at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Pastor Dwayne Brown and Pastor Doug Smailes officiating. Burial will follow in Summers Cemetery in Buckhannon.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.