The Times West Virginian

Obituaries

January 1, 2014

Leta Summers

Leta Rose Summers, of Fairmont, passed away last week in Alton, Ill., her place of residence for the past 62 years.

Like anyone else who leaves footprints on this planet, she left behind people who loved her and people who didn’t. Those who did not, never walked in Leta’s shoes.

As did her mother before her, Leta bore her isolation, grief and life’s disappointments in silence to protect her loved ones.

At a time when television and society commanded mothers and wives like June Cleaver and Donna Reed, Leta fought to raise the perfect family in an imperfect world.

It was to take many years before Leta was able to accept herself, her family and the world for what they were and to come to peace with them all.

She loved her children but was 80 years old before she could tell them so out loud — and even then she stuttered. But her hugs were filled with adoration, she wouldn’t otherwise express and the tears she hid when her children left spoke louder than her undeclared words.

Leta is survived by her husband, Dewey Summers Jr.; two children, Robert G. Summers and Gail A. Johnson; five grandchildren, Darren, Dion and Sean Summers, and Danielle and Shelly Davidov; and six great-grandchildren. Nearly all of the family was at Leta Rose’s bedside when she laid the last of her earthly burdens down.

Leta’s daughter carried her ashes back to West Virginia, where they will be strewn from the Cooper’s Rock State Park lookout point to join the mountainous countryside Leta always loved.

Friends and family are invited to sign the online guestbook at Gent’s Funeral Home.

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