Jill Faulkner Summers
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Jill Faulkner Summers

Jill Faulkner Summers, 74, died Monday, April 21, 2008, at her home, Knole Farm, following a severe stroke she suffered in November 2006. She was surrounded in spirit by her family, by Daphne F. Wood of Thomasville, Georgia, her lifelong friend, and by Ruth Gordon of Crozet. Born in Oxford, Mississippi, June 24, 1933, she was the daughter of the late William and Estelle Faulkner.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years, Paul D. Summers Jr.; by her son, Paul D. Summers III; by her daughter, Catherine F. Summers; and by her son, A. Burks Summers II and his wife, Stewart Elliott. Four grandchildren, Jordan Summers, Stewart Summers, A. Burks Summers III and Elena Summers also survive. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Alexandra Summers.

Jill was fascinated with the interplay of flavors, smells, textures and tastes of food - as she often said she just enjoyed cooking. She considered herself lucky to have all 11 family members for "high days" and holidays. Often as many as 25 family and friends would savor a special meal she had prepared.

Next to her family, and reading, Jill's great love and interest were her foxhounds. At the time of her stroke she was the longest-serving active lady Master of Foxhounds in North America. She had a keen eye for hounds and horses and over 40 years developed a truly remarkable line of American and Crossbred hounds. Most mornings she would be at the Farmington Hunt Club kennels for several hours at least - year round.

Jill was also an avid and accomplished trout fisherman having been initiated into the sport by her husband in 1955. They often spent several weeks a year together fishing in Pennsylvania, Montana and Canada. She greatly enjoyed the solitude and surroundings of the sport.

Her husband and family wish to thank Hospice of the Piedmont and the ladies of Above-N-Beyond (Karen Crawford, Ellen Morris, Kendall Morris, Sheryl Morris, Constance Nowell, Sheila Martin, Katherine Shifflett and Patty Shifflett) who watched over Jill during the difficult time after her stroke and in the truest meaning of the words gave her Tender Loving Care.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Church, Ivy, Virginia, at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2008, with the Reverend H. Miller Hunter Jr. officiating. A private family burial will take place later.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Farming-ton Hunt Club Panel Fund, P.O. Box 5562, Charlottesville, VA 22905.

Friends may sign the guest register at teaguefuneralhome.com.

This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.

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Published in Daily Progress from Apr. 27 to May 1, 2008.
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December 15, 2008
It is with sadness that I just recently learned of the Jill's death. In 1972 I bought a wonderful horse that belonged to her (through Claiborne and Tom Bishop). Jill was a most gracious lady, and I know you must miss her very much.
Roxanne Gile
May 3, 2008
I am deeply saddened by the news of Mrs. Summers's passing. I had the privilege of meeting her when I was a student at the University of Mississippi, and my heart goes out to the family.
Taylor Hagood
May 3, 2008
As a resident of Ripley, Mississippi, ancestral home of the Falkners, I want to express my sympathy to the family of Jill Faulkner Summers. - Librarian, Ripley Public Library
Tommy Covington
May 1, 2008
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
thelma gordan
May 1, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Constance Nowell
April 30, 2008
It is with immense sadness that I just read -- on-line -- of Jill's death. I had no knowledge of her stroke. I extend my deepest sympathy to Paul and to the rest of the family. (Years ago, when Grover was alive, I gave the boys riding lessons.) I always admired Jill's generous, fair, independent (& sometimes outspoken) spirit. She was a real comfort to me at one point in my life. She will be sorely missed.
Mary Jordan
April 30, 2008
I just happened upon this artical on the passing of your mother. I am so sorry. My father, Robert Faulkner of Danville Il. passed some years ago and I miss him so very much. I know the sorrow and loneliness you are feeling. Your memories will sustain you throughout the rest of your lives. God Bless.
Cheryl Lyons(Faulkner)
April 29, 2008
My condolences to the family.
William E. Pearson III
April 28, 2008
The lord has called home a beautiful and compassionate woman. May God comfort you during your time of sorrow.
Sonja Terry-Dillard
April 27, 2008
I met Mrs. Summers twice after she and her husband bought my great-grandfather's farm. She was very gracious and always told me I was welcome to come visit the farm anytime I wanted. She even show my friends and me her prized stallion on one of my visits. She seemed like a person that loved life and I know her family will miss her. I am glad I had the opportunity to meet and talk with her.
Donna Ballard
April 27, 2008
Dearest Paul, my thoughts are with you during your loss of Jill and your granddaughter. Happy memories, Love and best wishes. Betsy Pollard
Betsy Pollard
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