Miriam Josephine Summy
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Miriam Josephine Summy
  • March 2, 1930 - November 9, 2017
  • Bridgewater, Virginia

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Miriam Josephine Summy, 87, a resident of Bridgewater Retirement Community, Bridgewater, VA, for the past 32 years, died November 9, 2017 at the home.

A daughter of the late Russell and Florence Cline Showalter, she was born on March 2, 1930 in Roanoke, VA. Miriam made her home in Mt. Pleasant, PA, prior to moving to the Bridgewater Village and Nursing Home where she was known as the "Teddy Bear Lady".
Miriam and her husband owned and operated the Rockingham Motel until retirement. She was an active member of Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren in Mt. Pleasant, PA, and Lebanon Church of the Brethren in Mt. Sidney, VA.

On May 23, 1948 she married Vernon Duane Summy who preceded her in death on March 24, 1994. Surviving are seven children, Susan Geary of New Stanton, PA, Judy Phillippi of Harrisonburg, VA, Jane Tinkey of Mt. Pleasant, PA, Donna Summy of Harrisonburg, VA, Linda Summy of Harrisonburg, VA, Willie Everett of Harrisonburg, VA, and James Summy of Duncannon, PA; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Vernon Showalter of Palm Coast, FL. Preceding her in death was one sister, Margaret (Peg) Hernley and one grandson, Benjamin Geary.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Lebanon Church of the Brethren with Rev. Wayne Pence and Rev. Matthew Fike officiating. A reception will immediately follow at the church. Burial will be private in the church cemetery.

There will be no viewing and online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com

Special thanks to the staff of Serenity House at Bridgewater Home for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Bridgewater Retirement Home, Resident Care Endowment Fund, 302 N. Second St., Bridgewater, VA 22812.