October 15, 2012
Virginia Lee Kelly Summers, 77, of Dayton, MD, died Monday, October 15, 2012 at Howard Co. General Hospital, Columbia, MD.
Born May 26, 1935 at Three Springs, PA, she was a daughter of the late Robert & Hazel (Robinson) Kelly. She met Robert Alan Summers in 1966 while he was in the Army stationed at Fort Holabird in Dundalk. After seperation from the Army in 1969, Mr. Summers returned to Baltimore and he and Virginia were married on September 15, 1973 at Neelyton, PA. Mr. Summers survives at their home. Also surviving are one son, Robert Kelly Summers of Laurel, MD, one brother, Erwin Kelly of Three Springs, PA, a niece, Lee Ann Stoner of Manheim, PA and a nephew, Donald Kelly of Mount Joy, PA.
Mrs. Summers graduated from Orbisonia High School in 1953. She attended Susquehanna College for a year, then transferred to Mansfield State College graduating with a degree in music education in 1958. She went to Baltimore to teach, first at Sparrows Point Middle School, then Dundalk, Towsontown and Dumbarton Middle Schools, all in Baltimore Co. In 1966 she went to Hawaii on a sabbatical and completed a master's degree in ethno-musicology, a degree she had earlier started with summer courses. She left full time teaching in 1976 but continued to substitute teach in Howard County for many years.
Virginia was a musician and sang with the Handel Choir in Baltimore and the Oratorio Society and the Paul Hill Chorale in Washington. She was a member of the Rockville Presbyterian Church and sang in the church choir and played in the hand bell choir. She was also an artist and hand painted porcelain; many of her family and friends have porcelain pieces she painted.
Virginia supported her son's Scout troop, Troop 737 of Clarksville. For nine years she organized and directed the troop's cleanup each morning of the grounds during the Howard Co. Fair, as well as accompanying the troop's annual Christmas caroling at Harmony Hall, and other troop activities.
Mrs. Summers loved to travel, beginning with domestic travel in the United States with her family. She spent a summer in Europe two years after college and made several trips to Hawaii for course work at the University of Hawaii. After being married, travel continued with several trips to Quebec and maritime Canada, the last being a trip all the way to the northern tip of Newfoundland to L'anse aux Meadows where the Vikings settled 1000 years ago. She also returned to Europe twice, first with a trip to London and Paris in 1979, then with a 10 day trip to Rome in 1995. It was while walking the streets of Rome she experienced difficulty keeping up.
Upon returning from Italy she was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's disease. As her Parkinson's disease progressed her mobility continued to be compromised until she needed a wheelchair and eventually became a paraplegic. She was bed-ridden for the last several months.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Neelyton Pine Grove Presbyterian Church, 22860 Mountain Foot Road, Neelyton, PA (map/directions) with Rev. Alice Meloy officiating. Interment will be made at Neelyton Pine Grove Cemetery, adjoining the church. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Martin R. Brown Funeral Home, Orbisonia, PA.
Calling Hours - Pine Grove Presbyterian Church, Neelyton - 10:00 a.m.
Funeral Service - Pine Grove Presbyterian Church, Neelyton - 11:00 a.m.
Interment - Pine Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Neelyton