Obituary: Mary Ann Summers |

Obituary: Mary Ann Summers

Mary Ann Summers (born Mary Ann Pahl on January 31, 1931 in Alameda, CA) passed away peacefully in her winter home Monday evening (Nov. 9th) in Quail Creek community south of Tucson.

At her side were her husband of 61 years Bruce G. Summers and her daughter Sandy. Mary’s passing marked the end of her long battle with cancer, a battle that she fought with uncommon dignity and an unwavering positive outlook. She will be remembered for her unselfish devotion to her family and friends, always concerned for others yet never for herself even in time of illness.

In childhood, Mary lost both of her parents but overcame hardship, became a successful student, and later graduated from San Jose State University. During her career in preschool and elementary education, she enriched the lives of countless children as a teacher and as a school administrator. Friends of her children always felt welcome in her home, referring to her then and now as “Mother Mary.”

Mary was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority at San Jose State University and maintained lifelong friendships with many of her “sisters” who will miss her smile and wonderful sense of humor. One of her favorite activities was to hike the trails near her Lake Tahoe home with family members and members of her hiking club.

Mary loved alpine and Nordic skiing and instilled her love of the great outdoors in her children and grandchildren, as a teacher of sport and life lessons. She was a gift to all who knew her and she will be greatly missed.

Mary Ann Summers is survived by her husband Bruce, her sister Virginia Victorino, her daughter Sandy and her two sons Scott and Bruce, their spouses, five granddaughters and two grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in the form of donations to organizations that continue the fight against cancer.

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