Margaret W. Sumner
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Margaret W. Sumner
  • July 1, 1922 - September 7, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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95, passed away peacefully at home on September 7, 2017. She was born in Savannah, Georgia on July 1, 1922 and moved to Tampa when she was nine months old. She attended local schools and graduated in 1944 from Florida State College for Women where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, served as chairman of Judiciary, and earned her letter in basketball. She married Bill Sumner in 1946 and settled into a busy life as a full time mother and volunteer. Peggy will be remembered as a selfless and devoted wife, mother and friend who always had a smile. She was a member of the Palma Ceia Methodist Church and of the Junior League of Tampa, serving as its president in 1959. She was predeceased by her husband, William E. Sumner, by her parents, Wally and Sallie Walker, and her sister-in-law, Jamie Sumner Anderson. She is survived by her children, Evans Sumner (Kathleen), Margaret Rials (Lloyd) and Sally Miller; her grandchildren, William E. Sumner III (Mollie), Robert W. Sumner, Jessica Bussey, Lauren Bussey, Peter Rials (Lora), Emily Christian (Joe), John Miller (Kara), and Maggie Maldonado (Anthony); and her great grandchildren, Casey and Sidney Rials, Courtney and Owen Carpenter, Elise, Liam and Eden Gray Sumner, and Walker, Hudson and Barrett Maldonado. A memorial service will be held at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, MacDill Chapel on Friday, September 22 at 10:30 a.m. The family requests in lieu of flowers contributions be made in Peggy’s memory to The Macula Vision Research Foundation, 100 Front St, Suite 300, W. Conshohocken, PA 19428, mvrf.org or Children’s Home Network, 10909 Memorial Highway, Tampa, FL 33615, childrenshomenetwork.org. or to the charity of your choice.