Elizabeth Summer

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Elizabeth "Bettie" Summer

NEWBERRY — Elizabeth "Bettie" Caldwell Brown Summer, 95, widow of Thomas Roy Summer, Jr., and formerly of Springfield Place, Newberry, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at National Health Care, Columbia.

Mrs. Summer was born on July 3, 1918, in Newberry—the only daughter of the late Nina Bartlee Gibson and Wilson Caldwell Brown.

"Miss Bettie" was a graduate of Winthrop University. She was member of the Newberry A.R.P. Church and the Morning Women's Circle. Mrs. Summer taught school in Estill, Rock Hill, and for 21 years in Newberry where she sponsored the Junior Beta Club. She was a member of the Newberry County Retired Teachers' Association and served as a lifelong member and past president of the Literacy Study Club.

"Miss Bettie" touched everyone's life. She never met a stranger, and kept her sense of humor for all of her 95 years. She was proud of the fact that she was one of the first residents at Springfield Place where she lived for 15 years, and she loved all her buddies there. In recent years, Mrs. Summer could often be found enjoying a bite to eat every Thursday at The Grille on Main.

Mrs. Summer is survived by her daughters Elizabeth S. Akers, PhD, and Ann Wilson Summer and her husband Wayne Green, all of Columbia; grandchildren, Paul Summer Akers of Columbia; Elizabeth Bartlee Akers Davis of Charleston and her husband Scott; Caroline Gibson Akers, PhD of Columbia; and a great-grandson, Clayton Joseph Davis. In addition to her parents and her husband she was predeceased by a son-in-law, Paul Clayton Akers, MD.

Graveside services will be conducted at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at Rosemont Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, prior to the service at Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry.

Pallbearers will be Henry Baker Summer, Ralph Summer, Paul S. Akers, Scott Davis, James N. Haltiwanger, Jim Pickens, and Walter Munson Summer.

The family extends special thanks to Patricia Kelly and Dana Williams for their love and care of Mrs. Summer at Springfield Place, and to the caregivers at Daybreak and to everyone at National Health Care, Parklane.

Memorials may be made to the Newberry ARP Church, 1701 Main St., Newberry, SC 29108.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Whitaker Funeral Home of Newberry is assisting the family.

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Published in The Newberry Observer from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5, 2013
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