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Barbara Jean SummersPassing: March 20, 2020


Chastain Funeral Home

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Ames Chapel Cemetery

Monday, March 23rd

BLOOMINGTON Barbara Jean (Stapleton) Summers, age 82, passed away peacefully on March 20th, 2020, due to Alzheimer’s at Aperion Care in Spencer, Indiana.

She was born July 11th, 1937, in French Lick, Indiana, to Clarence Lloyd and Catherine (Crowley) Stapleton.  She married her former husband, George Everett Summers in 1958 and had two children, Victoria Ann (1960) and Jeffery Lee (1963).

 Barbara was happiest in life when she was surrounded by her family, friends, cats, and dog.  She loved to visit Tennessee and the Smokey Mountains.  She was a devoted member of Woodville Baptist Church where she enjoyed bible study and other church related activities.  She also loved spending time with her best friend, Debbie Beck.

Barbara was an incredibly hard worker and truly enjoyed her career which began in 1951-1954 in which she worked as a switchboard operator for the French Lick (Sheraton) Hotel.  From 1955-1958 she worked at Indiana Bell Telephone Company in Bloomington, Indiana.  Including other places of employment as a secretary for the Fourwinds Resort and finally at the Indiana University School of Medicine as an organ transplant secretary in which she retired from in 2003.

Barbara’s life was lived by one of her favorite bible verses from Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Barbara is survived by her daughter, Vicky Riddle and husband Jay Riddle, son Jeff Summers and wife Angie Summers.  Grandson Kevin Gravitt.  Granddaughters Jennifer Fields and husband Brock Fields, Joni Haworth and husband Steven Haworth.  Great grandsons Jackson Haworth and Daniel Haworth.

Funeral service was at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 23, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Burial was in Ames Chapel Cemetery.

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3 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: David Gerkin | Knoxville, tn
    Date: March 28, 2020
    We were classmates in high school and she was a wonderful friend and person
  2. Guest: Rebecca Chambers | Bedford, IN
    Date: March 24, 2020
    So very sorry for you loss.
  3. Guest: Helen and Eddie Lanning | Crystal Beach, Texas
    Date: March 23, 2020
    Beautiful lady, sorry for your loss Vicki, Kevin and family. Beautiful obitiuary. Resting in peace.