OBITUARY ~ CHARLOTTE JEAN (GARRELS) SUMMERS
October 5, 1930 ~ August 29, 2011
Charlotte Jean SUMMERS, 80, of Mount Ayr, passed away August 29, 2011 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr.
Charlotte was born Charlotte GARRELS on October 5, 1930 at the family home in New London, Iowa. She graduated
from Pleasant Lawn High School in 1948. She attended and graduated from Burlington Beauty School in 1949 and
then earned a two-year teaching degree from Iowa Wesleyan College. She earned a B.A. degree from Iowa Wesleyan
College in 1962. Charlotte was a teacher in Milton, Farmington, Winthrop, and Pleasantville, Iowa.
She retired from teaching and returned to her first career opening a beauty shop in Mount Ayr.
She remained active as a member of the United Methodist Church, the Mount Ayr Doll Club, the card club,
and enjoyed sharing her creative talents with the "sewing girls" each week. She enjoyed a variety of crafts
often participating in craft shows around the area. She also enjoyed her children, grandsons, and
great-granddaughters, giving first haircuts and lots of grandma love and support.
Charlotte married Clyde
SUMMERS on August 27, 1950 and celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Survivors include daughter Rhonda (Glenn) KRAEMER of San Antonio, Texas and son Brian (Sarah) SUMMERS of Dallas
Center, Iowa; four grandsons Matt (Anita) TILLSON of San Antonio, Sam SUMMERS of West Des Moines, Joe SUMMERS
and Charlie SUMMERS of Ames and three great-granddaughters Samantha, Abbigail, and Addison TILLSON.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde; her parents Elmer and Wilma GARRELS; and three brothers Floyd,
Clifford, and Stanford GARRELS.
Funeral service was held at the United Methodist Church of Mount Ayr on Thursday, September 2, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Interment was made at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2011
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