Ethel Summers


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Ethel Summers Reynolds

Feb 19 1908 - Mar 14 2007

Ethel Summers Reynolds, age 99, of McKinney, TX, passed away on March 14, 2007 at her home. She was born on February 19, 1908, in Allen, Texas, to Luther C. and Vertie (Holley) Summers, who both preceded her in death. Ethel graduated from McKinney High School and attended Texas Teachers’ College (now UNT) in Denton and Burleson Baptist College in Greenville. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse at Cottonwood near Plano with another teacher, teaching grades one through eight. She married Clarence Reynolds on September 6, 1930. He preceded her in death, June 13, 1996. They celebrated 66 years together. Ethel accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at a young age, and joined First Baptist Church of Allen. She always tried to live for God. Ethel taught adult Sunday School classes and was a leader for Girls Auxiliary. She loved her God and her Church and was always concerned about the poor. She would not indulge herself in something she wanted, but would send money to Soup Kitchens, Appalachian children, American Indians, missions and other causes. She also gave book reviews of popular books such as The Robe, The Big Fisherman and others for Home Demonstration Clubs and Sunday School classes. After her children were grown, she and Clarence furnished a home for many foster children. She still continues to receive mail and visits from some of them. Until almost the end, she maintained her sharp intellect and kept abreast of world events and conversed very intelligently with visitrors she received. She is much loved and admired by her family and many friends. She is survived by her children, Clarence Lee Reynolds, Jr., and his wife Jo Ann, Ivajean Angel, and Norma’s husband, Toby Young; six grandchildren; two foster grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; sister Mary Alyce Smith; sisters-in-law Ted Summers and Ruby Jean Summers; and many nieces and nephews that she was very close to and loved much. The family would like to thank Clay Powell, Her faithful Deacon and Ethel’s three caregivers, Wanda Covington who lovingly cared for Ethel for 12 years, Dianna Cooper for 3 years and Margret Webb 3 years. Also a special thanks to her nephew Robert Reynolds who spend many Sunday afternoons enriching her life with his visits. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her foster daughters Norma Young and Earlene Sales; brothers Ray Summers, Nelse Summers, L.C. Summers, Jr., Clarence Vaughn Summers, and Cecil Summers; sister Juanita Dyer; brothers-in-law Ulin Smith and Jerome Dyer; and sisters-in-law Jester Summers and Billie Summers. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, March 18, 2007 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with Rev. Jerry D. Griffin, Rev. Woody D. Wilson and Clay Powell officiating. A private burial will be held earlier. Family and friends are invited to the funeral home at their convenience on Saturday to pay their respects and to sign the register book. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Saturday evening beginning at 5:00 PM. We would also like to thank the Hospice Staff and her nurse, Debbie Larson and volunteers Florence Waddill, Bob and Cleta Holton.
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