Phyllis Rutherford

Feb 04, 2014

1926 — 2014

MANVEL, TEXAS — Phyllis Ann Rutherford, 87, who went by the name of Summie Lea until age 17, of Manvel, Texas, passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 in Utopia, Texas.

Phyllis was born Feb. 21, 1926, in Waynesville.  She owned and ran a Family Care Home for the elderly in Loch Sheldrake, New York, for many years. She served as a a nurse’s aide in the U.S. Army during World War II at the age of 17.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Rutherford; parents, Summie and Macie Patterson; sons, Paul Rutherford and Gary Burnette; daughter, Teresa Burnette; granddaughter, Amanda Bell; foster parents, Alvin and Ollie Mae Ford; sisters, Peggy (Vivian) Caldwell Summey, Faustina Caldwell Johnson and Willie Mae Milender Mills; brother, Joseph Millender; and foster brothers, Jim and Bill Ford.

Phyllis is survived by her daughters, Phyllis Salser and husband Robert, Sherry Bell; sons, Edward M. Rutherford Jr., Ted Spidle, Martin Rutherford and Edward B. Rutherford; brother, Donald Milner; foster sister, Aleene Ford Hall and husband, E.L., along with 13 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Bethel Cemetery.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue, Asheville, is assisting with the arrangements.