Betty Claire (Gray) Summey (1917 - 2012)

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GASTONIA - Betty Claire Gray Summey was born in Gastonia on Aug. 25, 1917, and died May 4, 2012, at Covenant Village.

She was the daughter of the late Charles D. Gray Sr. and Clarice Poff Gray.

She was educated in Gastonia's public schools and attended Hollins College in Virginia, Duke University in Durham and Spencerian Secretarial School in Charlotte. She was employed by Southern Combed Yarn Spinners Association from 1938 until 1942.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lamar Shuford Summey and brothers, David G. Gray and Charles D. Gray Jr.

Mrs. Summey was supportive to First Baptist Church of Gastonia and to First United Methodist Church of Gastonia the church of her youth, after her husband's death in 1985. She enjoyed bridge, golf and was active in the Tiny Tim Society, Orthopedic Hospital; the Spade and Trowel Garden Club; the Gastonia Debutante Club; and Tea and Topic Book Club until her retirement years.

Mrs. Summey is survived by her sons, Lamar Shuford Summey Jr. and wife Ann of Gastonia; William Poff Summey and wife Malinda of Pinehurst; grandsons, Zachary of Charleston, S.C., and Jonathan of Baltimore, Md.; sister, Catherine Jackson of Linville; and several beloved nephews, nieces and cousins.

Entombment will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2012, in the Memorial Mausoleum of Gaston Memorial Park with the Rev. Houston Matthews officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice, P.O. 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054 or Covenant Village, 1351 Robinwood Road, Gastonia, NC 28054

Condolences may be sent to

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Summey family.
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McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 865-3451
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Published in Gaston Gazette from May 5 to May 7, 2012
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