Christine Lafran Summerford, 88, of Monticello, passed away on February 7, 2017, at home with her family and friends beside her.
She was born on September 5, 1928 in Monticello to the late A. E. Copeland and Thelma Boyd Copeland.
Mrs. Summerford was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Monticello where she served faithfully. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 58 years where she rose to the stations of Worthy Matron, Worthy Grand Warder, and Grand Representative to the State of Delaware. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and quilting, sharing many of the items she made with her friends and family. She also presented many newborn babies with quilts and blankets that she made.
Mrs. Summerford spent 42 years as a cotton mill worker. Her career in this area started at Charm Tread Mills of Monticello and then with Burlington Industries, also of Monticello. She was known for her dedicated work ethic.
In addition her parents, Mrs. Summerford was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, John David Summerford, and her sons David Franklin Summerford and Raymond Lamar Summerford.
She is survived by her son, Robert W. Summerford, who lovingly cared for her throughout her long illness; two sisters-in-law, Dorsy (Dot) Marcussen and Molly Flemister, both of Monticello, and by numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Memorial Fund of Immanuel Baptist Church, P. O. Box 1281, Monticello, AR 71655.
Visitation is February 9 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello. The funeral service will be held on February 10 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Zan Pierce, pastor of Immanuel Baptist, officiating. Burial with an Eastern Star service will follow in Oakland Cemetery.