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Date published: 6/8/2014

Jean S. Summerville

Our extraordinary mother, Dorothy Jean Scanland Summerville, died early in the morning of Monday, June 2, 2014, and leaves us with her own lifelong imprints of quiet grace and love.

Even to the end, she did motherhood as well as any woman. With three daughters, two sons, a son-in-law, eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, a nephew, a Thai daughter and an Afghan son through student exchange and dear friends, we all discovered different kinds of joy through her. In return, we loved her as much as is humanly possible.

During the 1960s, she led her three daughters around the dining room table one evening while chanting their own song, "Women are Real People: W.A.R.P." She was proud of sinking several shots in a row on the driveway basketball court while stunning her watchful teenage son. After a winter storm at their home in Rye Brook, N.Y., she meticulously followed her youngest son's small footprints in the snow until she found his beloved stuffed animal--a ladybug--that fit in the palm of his hand.

Charles Everett Summerville, her husband of 61-plus years, who died in 2006, is surely dancing to have his "Jeannie" back, and he wasn't enamored with dance. Their partnership began when they met at Missouri Valley College in 1941. She had resided in Fredericksburg since 2003.

Jean's death was preceded by those of her mother, Cleo Williams Scanland of Coolidge, Ariz.; her father, Lester Allen Scanland of Kansas City, Mo.; an older sister, Mary J. Brenner of Kansas City, Kan.; and an older brother, William A. Scanland of Tucson, Ariz.

Her children are Ann Summerville Navario, formerly of Madison, Conn.; Russell C. Summerville of Pulaski, Tenn.; Patricia J. Summerville-Eldridge and son-in-law Kip Eldridge of Tampa, Fla.; Nancy E. Summerville of Fredericksburg; and Peter Boone Summerville of Seattle, Wash.

Her eight grandchildren are Peter S. Navario, Elizabeth Navario Holtom, Sarah Summerville Benham, Joshua C. Summerville, James R. Summerville, Jessica Ann Myhre, Rebeccah Summerville Eldridge and Suzanne Jean Eldridge Ward.

The Summerville family invites remembrances in her honor to be directed to one of two places that she so loved and admired: Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., where she met her husband, and Rye Presbyterian Church, in Rye, N.Y., where her ashes will be interred in the church's garden columbarium.

Seventy years to the day after she and Charles were married, Jean's final interment and memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at Rye Presbyterian Church, 882 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580.

Anyone who reads this is invited to attend in person or in spirit.