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Elsie Lea Vassur Summers

Elsie Lea Vassur Summers, age 92 of Avondale, AZ died July 30, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ.  She was born January 31, 1926 in Poteale, OK to Lonnie and Ocie Vassaur. Elsie loved raising children.  She raised her siblings when their mother died in childbirth.  In 1941 she married Hulen Wayne “Pete” Summers in Tempe, AZ.  Together they raised four children.  Elsie worked as a cook for Avondale Elementary School and Agua Fria High School.   Her loving care extended to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Elsie is survived by her daughter, Margie Summers; son, Kenneth Summers; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Summers; son, Robert Summers; and daughter, Mary Summers.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 -7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ  85338.  Burial will be at 10:00 am, Wednesday August 8, 2018 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024.  Condolences for the family may be left at www.ThompsonFuneralChapel.com.

12 Comments on “Elsie Lea Vassur Summers

  1. Please accept my condolences for the sorrow of losing your sweet mother and grandmother. She was always so kind to me at church and in the grade school cafeteria. She is part of my family’s history, as my parents Joe and Juanita Hill, were friends with her and Pete. We’ll see her and them with Jesus one day.

  2. My sincere condolences on passing of one the sweetest and-kindness woman I’ve ever known.

  3. My heartfelt condolences for the loss of you wonderful Mother. She always treated me special. My sister and Mary friends and of my sister Malinda got stuck with me and when we would come to your house she’d joke with me and talk with me I think just keep me out of their hair. Those are very fond memories.

  4. My sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a very sweet and kind person.

  5. My heartfelt condolences for the lose of your Grandmother, Mother and one of the best Aunts ever! She was a very special woman, who raised her siblings when their mother passed away during child birth. One of the siblings being my father RL Vassaur, they are together once again in heaven! She will be missed! Love to all

  6. Elsie was such asset to Agua Fria High and loved by all of us. Her cheerful attitude and warm smile was a very welcome sight each day.

  7. I have dreaded this day my whole life.
    Words can’t even describe how much I am going to miss you Grandma.

    I will never forget, a short time before you passed, when I came over to visit you and when you were still “ok.”
    You were in a stage of not really speaking anymore, which was ok, but I knew I needed to let you know how much I loved you.
    I got right in front of your big blue eyes and told you repeatedly that I loved you so very much.
    I honestly couldn’t say it enough at that time.
    You looked right into my eyes and responded back and said,”I love you my baby doll.”
    Right after, you reached in to kiss my forehead.
    I did not realize that would be the last time I would hear those words from you.
    I keep replaying this day in my head and I am so glad that I got to share that special moment with you Grandma.

    I am so grateful that David and I got to spend a lot of our younger years with you.
    We will never forget the days when we would go to yard sales every weekend, trips to the “Back Alley,” our weekly trips to KFC, our first “dog/goat” named Billy, “Go Granny, Go…” & many, many more memories together…
    We will always cherish those moments with you and Papa.

    Thanks for being my best friend the last 27 years.
    I love you forever.
    May you Rest in Peace.

  8. August 13, 2018
    Barbara Gage and Mary Solano knew Elsie from the years she worked in the Agua Fria Union High School Café.
    I would also see her in the old Fry’s Grocery Store that was on Litchfield Road and Van Buren Street.
    She will be greatly missed.
    Our condolences to the family. Barbara and Mary

  9. Happy Birthday Grandma.
    I am always thinking of you.
    I love you.

  10. Always thinking of you grandma.
    Missing you very much.
    I love you.

    Wish you were here so I can tell you all about my wedding next year.
    I’ll save you a seat.

  11. One year without you Grandma.
    What I would do for one last hug.
    I love you.

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