Pearl Summers passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital with her family by her side on Sat., Oct, 31, 2015. She was 101.
Pearl was born in Killaloe on Aug.16, 1914 to her parents. William and Catherine Corrigan. Her family later moved to a farm in Cormac, Ont.
Pearl came to work in Ottawa in her early teens with her sister, Anne. Pearl was the sole housekeeper for very successful people such as the McDermotts, and Klondike Mike Mahoney, where she met her husband to be, Clare Summers, who was delivering his poultry and eggs. The rest they say is history. She married Clare in 1934, and worked hard alongside him on the farm. Pearl also had the challenging responsibility of caring for Clare’s mother for many years until her death in 1959. She also cared for Gerald, Clare’s brother, who came to live with them for years. Pearl and Clare were considered role models for their extended families who would often come for advice on personal issues. Pearl’s family wrote these words and although they had very loving home experiences, they know they can never do her justice as they feel they could write a book to portray her loving ways, and how she was loved and respected by all who knew her.
As everyone will attest to, if someone dropped by there was always enough food to sit and join the family. If neighbours were in trouble, Pearl always prepared complete meals for them to get them through the hard times.
All through her life, she took courses as she felt one could always learn for themselves and family. When she was 17, she took the St. John’s Ambulance course, which in those days was certainly an achievement. She went to Willis’ Business College, and she took Practical Nursing, which she excelled in, and she took many cooking classes, and even took a quilting class in her late eighties. Pearl spent the last several years of her life with her daughter, Willow, in Winchester, and they were great company for each other, including first Jake, then Ov, their dogs. Dean Summers, Pearl’s nephew, gave her eulogy, and the truthful words he used to describe her made her family so proud to be able to call her mother.
Pearl is survived by her daughters, Willow Patterson of Winchester, Clare Ann Summers (Bill Pack) of Ottawa, and Kathryn Campbell of Metcalfe; her grandchildren, James Rae, Karen Froats (Mike Halpenny), Steven Campbell, Stacey Campbell (Jody Armstrong), Carolyn Ray (Danny), Shelley Walkden (Jason), Jenny Summers (Steve), Randy Summers (Anita), Kevin Summers (Lydia); and great-grandchildren Tanya, Julie, Tyler, Trent, Travis, Derek, Andrew, Jacob, Brandon, Brentley, Alicia, Tyler, Nicole, and Patricia. She was predeceased by her husband, Clare Summers; her son, David Summers; her parents, William and Catherine Corrigan; her sisters, Mary Kate Brown, Annie Clarke, Cecilia Corrigan; and her brothers Maurice, Andrew, and Joseph Corrigan. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Mon., Nov. 2 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Tue., Nov. 3 at 11 am with Father Chisholm officiating, followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were Travis Froats, Derek Froats, Tyler Ray, Andrew Cooper, Jacob Cooper, and Tyler Rae. The honorary pallbearers were James Rae, Randy Summers, Brentley Summers, Brandon Lovely, Trent Rae, Kevin Summers, Steven Campbell, Ronnie Corrigan, and Garry Corrigan.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com