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Minnie Dorothy Summers, age 79, passed away peacefully on April 9, 2020, in Bryan, Texas. She was born on April 2, 1941, in Point Leamington, Newfoundland, Canada. She met her beloved husband, James Elliott Summers, at Gander Air Force Base when he was stationed there with the U.S. Air Force and married on March 12, 1961. They had 3 children, Skip, Mike and Maria, and enjoyed 53 years of marriage until Jim's passing on November 19, 2014. Minnie was known as a woman of prayer and faith in the Lord Jesus, and she was often found reading her Bible or in prayer, interceding for her family and those she met throughout her life. She and Jim were long time members at First Baptist Church Carrollton (Texas). She enjoyed gardening, especially tending to her roses, cooking and sewing, but more than that, Minnie loved people. She loved to laugh and especially enjoyed silly jokes from her kids and grandkids. She never met a stranger, and during her life with Jim they made friends all over the world through his travels with the U.S. Air Force. After moving to Bryan, Texas, she took art classes, sang in the choir at the retirement community she lived in, and attended Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Minnie remained close to her family throughout her life and spoke nightly to one or more of her children and siblings. She is survived by her son James E. "Skip" Summers and his wife Ellen of Atlanta, Georgia; son Michael Thomas Summers of Plano, Texas; and daughter Maria LeAnn and her husband Matthew Upton of College Station, Texas; her 7 grandchildren, Lauren, McKinley, Solomon and his wife Maggie, Haley, Maxwell, Miller, and Mclaine; and her 4 great-grandchildren Lyric, Rose, Ana, and Dorrian Jr.; remaining brothers and sisters Joyce Runde, Gertrude Brake, William White, Thomas White, Arch White, and Ivan White; and numerous other beloved relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Jim; her parents Thomas and Dora; and her siblings Audrey Parsons, Nellie Foote, Grace Bennett Philpott, Reginald White, and Rita Forgacs.
Due to the current events, a memorial service will be scheduled at a separate time in the future in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and we hope that you will make plans to join us then in celebrating Minnie's life. She will be laid to rest with her late husband at the DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211, SECTION 102, SITE 626. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Benevolence Fund at First Baptist Church at the Fields (formerly FBC Carrollton), 1401 Carrollton Parkway, Carrollton, TX 75010 (online at https://www.firstfields.org/give) or to Wycliffe Bible Translators (online at
https://www.wycliffe.org/donate) by phone at (800) 992-5433 or mail to Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862.
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