Amo Leona Summers 6/30/1932 5/17/2012 died after a long illness at the home of her God-daughter and caregiver, Clista Walsh. She was born in Tucson at St. Mary's hospital and lived in Tucson most of her life. She was the daughter of Richard A. Summers (University of Arizona professor and writer) and Louise McKee Summers (grand-daughter of Southern Arizona pioneer Don A. Sanford). After graduation from Tucson High School, Amo attended the University of Arizona where she graduated in three years. While there, she was active in dramatics, choral groups and was a member of the marching band. She belonged to Gamma Phi Beta sorority. A year of teaching was followed by a variety of jobs that expressed her many talents. She moved to New York City to follow a modeling career. While there, she worked in the children's division of Thomas Crowell Publishing House. She also worked in the office of the president at Yale and the Alumnae Association office at the University of Michigan. She studied interior design at Case Western Reserve, dramatics at the University of Washington and received her master's degree at the University of Arizona in supervision of reading programs. Returning to Tucson, Amo began a long rewarding life as the first grade teacher at the newly established St. Michael and All Angels Day School. Countless children in Tucson and elsewhere learned to read under her exacting and caring tutelage. Her life included membership in the Tucson Junior League and co-directorship, with her mother, of the Sunday school of St. Philip's in the Hills. In addition to her parents, Amo is predeceased by her brother, Dr. Sanford Summers and nephew, Kent Summers. She is survived by her sister, Anna Summers Fulton; niece, Andrea Fulton-Higgins and nephews, Bruce Fulton and Scott, Steven and Greg Summers. Burial has already taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 30, 2012 at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell. Contributions in her memory may be directed to the Preservation Fund at the church. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY.
The Guest Book is expired.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on June 24, 2012