Sally Summers Obituary, 94

October 30, 2013

in News,Obituaries,Woodstock

No services are planned for Sally Smith Summers, 94, a long time resident of Woodstock who died on Oct. 21 at the Mertens House.
She was born Sept. 7, 1919 in Boston, Mass., the daughter of Ralph Leroy Smith and Violet Bull Smith.
As Vice President of National Biscuit Company, Sally’s father moved his family frequently. Sally attended schools in several cities including Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Toronto, Boston and Newton, Mass. She graduated from high school in Newton and was a student at Katherine Gibbs School in Boston.
In 1941 Sally married Robert Summers of Boston and moved to Watertown, Mass. while her husband served in the U.S. Navy during World War Two.
In 1946 the Summer’s family located to Middlebury where Mr. Summers was employed as general manager of the Middlebury Inn and Food Service director at Middlebury College. Leaving Middlebury in 1956, the family moved to Woodstock where Mr. Summers was employed as general manager of the Woodstock Inn. Years later Sally worked as housekeeping manager at the Inn. When the new Inn was built she managed the gift shop.
Sally’s hobbies included golf, paddle tennis and reading. In winter she enjoyed traveling with her friends to play golf at various southern resorts.
Survivors include, a son Robert A. Summers of Beach Park, Ill.; a daughter, Susan Summers Brownell of Bethel; a daughter, Nancy Summers Schipper of Bristol, Ind.; 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Robert of Boston, Mass.; a son, Henry Gardner Summers of Colton, N.Y.; a brother, Ralph Smith of Wayland, Mass.; a sister, Nancy Babb of Stevensville, Md.; and a great-grandson, Joshua Summers.
Contributions can be made to Mertens House in Woodstock.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock. Condolences may be offered at

This obituary first appeared in the October 31, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.

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