Mount Vernon News
  • Edith Ellen Summerhayes

  • January 6, 2010

MOUNT VERNON — Edith Ellen Summerhayes, 86, of Mount Vernon went home to be with her Lord on Jan. 3, 2010, surrounded by her family at Summerville at HillenVale.

She was born Dec. 15, 1923, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the late James Shirley and Edith Irene (Loner) Hammontree. Edith graduated from high school at 16, and attended McKenzie Business School in Chattanooga. She worked as head of admitting at Martin Memorial Hospital for many years, a job she thoroughly enjoyed. She also worked in customer service for United Telephone Co., and as a bookkeeper.

Edith was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and used her many talents to bless those around her. She was an active member of the Newark Road Church of Christ and a past Sunday school teacher. She was also a charter member of the Four Seasons Garden Club, a volunteer for Care Net, past president and secretary for the American Cancer Society and was instrumental in starting the Relay for Life here in Mount Vernon.

She is survived by her sons, John (Karen) McReynolds of Wooster and Ken Summerhayes of Baltimore, Md.; daughters, Sandy (Barry) Reppart of Mount Vernon, Julie (Steve) Harper of Leonard, Mich., and Donna (Dan) Bailey of Des Moines, Iowa; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, William C. (Doris Jean) Hammontree of Temple Terrace, Fla.; and a sister-in-law, Nita Hammontree of Nashville, Tenn.

Edith was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Donald W. Summerhayes, in 1999; and two brothers, S. Edwin and H. Wayne Hammontree.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Jan. 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Newark Road Church of Christ. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Mr. Andy Jooste officiating. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. The Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is handling the funeral arrangements for the family.

Edith enjoyed helping kids attend church camp who couldn’t afford to go. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Newark Road Church of Christ, 1200 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. Note the contribution is for church camp scholarships.

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