Emma K. Summers

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EMMA KATHRYN SUMMERS was born May 28, 1934, in Columbus, Ohio to the late Ernest and Esther (Banks) Anderson.

In 1967, Sister Summers was led to worship in Springfield by one of her dearest friends, Stella Cavin, where she attended the Church of God at 1819 West Washington Street until the congregation moved to 709 E. Grand Avenue. When she became ill and was unable to attend church, she began listening on-line to the services at Wayne Avenue Church of God. Mom had many talents. She was the family pianist when the family would gather around the huge piano in the front room and Dad would start singing, Dead to Every Worldly Pleasure, and we would sing hymns most of the evening. A few of Mom’s favorite hymns were, In The Garden, When We All Get To Heaven, Until Then and many more. Mom was known for her delicious Pound Cakes and had many requests for them on special occasions and events.

As a young woman, Mom worked for JDC (Juvenile Detention Center), where she was a Youth Leader. She also attended CTI (Columbus State Community College). She later worked at The Columbus Call and Post until Esther asked her to come home. She then took up babysitting. Mom baby sat a number of children over the years. In 1983, Mom returned to the work force as a Nurse Assistant. In 1984, Mom and Dad became Foster Parents to many sets of foster children. In 1990 she was asked by the late Amos Lynch (her brother-in-law) to come back to The Columbus Call and Post as an Office Manager to run the front office of
the newspaper. And that she did! She made sure outstanding accounts were paid, and all newspapers that were not sold were accounted for. If the numbers didn’t add up correctly you can be sure the carriers received a quick phone call notifying them that, “Your numbers don’t match the paper count. What’s going on?” Mom worked at The Call and Post until she became ill and was unable to go into the office. But that wasn’t the end of her employment journey. She became the babysitter, lunch maker, and delivery driver for newborn Jacob and two years later Erika, along with any of her grandchildren that were home from school sick.

Mom loved to travel, visiting many places including New Jersey, California, Oregon, Vichy, MO, West Middlesex, PA every August, Alabama, Louisiana and Georgia to name a few. She even took a trip to the Bahamas, and also a 10-day Song of America Cruise with the Gaithers and Michael English. She would return from her trips bearing gifts. Mom was an avid collector of bells and accumulated quite a beautiful collection. She also loved to sew, and assisted her mother in making her daughters Karen’s wedding dress. We were blessed with many of the outfits she made. Her friend, Sister Annette Burks, taught her to crochet and once she learned, she made a number of afghans.

Blessed with eighty-six years of life, Mom was called from labor to eternal rest on Wednesday November 25, 2020 at 2:00 am at the Village of Westerville Health Care Facility. She was preceded in death by her husband Cicero Summers, her parents Ernest and Esther Anderson, sisters, Geraldine Anderson-Lynch, Barbaradale Anderson-Willingham, brothers, Donald E. Anderson, Edward Anderson and Carl Anderson, and special friends Bro. & Sis. Donald Walker Sr.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, son, Keith A. Summers of Panama Beach, FL., daughters
Karen J. Summers, Springfield, OH., Esther A. Summers-Nowell (Jay Nowell Sr.) Grove City, OH, one sister Dr. Pamela J. Anderson, eleven grandchildren, (from oldest) Jay Jr. (Amey) Nowell, Sean Phillips, Blair Summers-Higgins (Kenneth Higgins II), Justyn Nowell, Calvin (De’Andre) Phillips, Ian (Jasmine) Summers,Jeromi (Galana) Nowell, Ryan Summers, Jacob (Za’hava) Nowell, Erika Nowell, and Alexis Summers. Ten great grandchildren Jayden, Jorea’h, and Jamee Nowell, Kenneth Higgins III, Kolstin Higgins, Jeremiah Nowell, Domonic (Mister) Nowell, Malchiel Nowell, Kyrie Summers, Raphael Steward Jr. Many nieces, including special nieces, Victoria (Vicki) Donaldson-Williams (Maryland), and Lisa Willingham (North Carolina), nephews, cousins and other relatives. Special friends, Sister Stella Cavin, Aunt Ann Hall, Sister Juanita Robinson, The Kenerly Family, The Flewellen Family, Pastor Christopher Green, Kim (Mom’s roommate), and the staff at The Village of Westerville.

PRIVATE Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Saturday, December 5, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Green Lawn Cemetery.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Calvin d phillips

    I love y’all and praying for y’all i wish i can be there

  2. Sherry M Baxton-Thompson

    Heartfelt prayers and condolences extended to the Sommers family. We were neighbors on the hilltop. As a youngster I was at the Sommers wedding. When I took music lessons down the street and used to stop at their house on my way home. Mrs Sommers treated me great and taught me much also. I will miss her much as her children. May God ever keep his arm of protection on her family. Know you are loved now and forever. Sincerely Sherry M Baxton-Thompson & family (Bill), Nicole Shields, Siobhan Thompson, Eileena Thompson, (Essience & Elisse Thompson)

  3. Sheri-Lynn Wynn

    Dear family I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We all know she’s resting. She was a wonderful woman. I haven’t seen her in a while but her joyous spirit remains with me. May God continue to strengthen each of you. Much love. ❤️❤️❤️

  4. So sorry for ur family’s loss. U r all in our prayers in Jesus Comforting name@

  5. My deepest condolences to all the were affected by her passing. She has a Crown waiting on tge ither side.

  6. Kelvin and Jackie Walls

    We are sorry for the loss of your mother. Sending prayers an condolences to you and your family.

    Love Kelvin & Jackie Walls

  7. Elvin & Lolita Nelson

    Greetings Summers Family,

    We would like to wish our deepest condolences to you all. Sis Summers was such a wonderful person to know and loved all authentically. We know there is a hole in your hearts but God is available to fill it with His peace and love.


  8. Thelma and Clifford White

    Keith, Karen, and Esther,
    Our Deepest Condolences in the passing of your mom. She will always be Loved and Remembered as one of the Hilltop Pioneers. A mother to many. Memories of her will be cherished in our hearts.

    Thelma and Clifford White

  9. Annette Bullock Harris

    Deepest condolence to Karen and her entire family.

  10. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Lean on God to uphold and sustain you.

    I’m Praying!

  11. She used to babysit me as a child. Employed me as a young man she and Mr.Summers let me cut the grass on Midland. I stopped by many times while she still lived on midland and tracked her down in Westerville. I got to see her a few times. She still had her laugh, she knew who I was and most importantly she would have her GOSPEL MUSIC PLAYING IN HER ROOM!”she never as far back as I can recall had a moment that I interacted with her where she did not MENTION JESUS CHRIST! This woman loved GOD and always encouraged me to hold on the Lord. I remember vividly our last face to face conversation “she said Cooley I don’t know why the Lord won’t take me I have no use he took Cicero why won’t he take me” then she paused and said”He knows what he’s doing”. May the entire family be comforted on this day knowing she was a BELIEVER WITH A CONTAGIOUS LAUGH AND A LOVING HEART I WILL MISS HER!

  12. Kenneth A. Bates, Sr.

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Family. Mrs. Summers was an outstanding, loving and caring Mother and Dear Friend to all who knew her. She not only cared for my 2 sons Kenny (Hermaderm) and Jason (Doc), but was a beacon of light to me and my wife. Mr and Mrs Summers were the people you could meet. Rest Dear, Job well done.

  13. Terri McCain-Taylor

    I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Summers’ passing. She was an amazing woman and I admired her a great deal. I’ll never forget the first tine we met, I was sitting on the back of a motorcycle and the first thing she wanted to know was if I was saved. That speaks volumes.
    My love and deepest condolences to my dear friends Keith, Karen & Esther and their families.

  14. Millicent McElroy

    Keith, Karen, Esther & family:
    I am sorry to hear if the passing of your mother Sis Summers. Praying for you and family. I loved your mother dearly and the times that I spend with her, visiting, singing and reading God’s word to her. She is missed, dearly, I was with her on the phone the Sunday before she past. May Sis Summers rest in the Lord.

  15. Bro. Bill Thompson and Dionne Howard

    We will be praying for you.

  16. Alethea E Gaddis

    Karen and Easter, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I fondly remember your mother, and my Mom calling her whole name, Emma Kathryn. Rest In Him Sis. Summers.

  17. Alethea E Gaddis

    Karen and Esther: I was so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I remember her fondly, from back in the day. I remember my Mom always called her by her whole name, Emma Kathryn. Rest Well Sister Summers.

  18. Alethea E Gaddis

    Karen and Esther: I was so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I remember her fondly, from back in the day. I remember my Mom always called her by her whole name, Emma Kathryn. Rest Well Sister Summers. Rest In Him.

  19. Minister Sonja Gamble

    I’m sending prayers of comfort to you Esther in the passing of your dear beloved Mother.

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