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Kathryn Sue Minter Summerall
October 31, 1933 – December 21, 2018
Kathryn Sue Minter Summerall, a longtime Dallas homemaker, passed away peacefully on 12/21/2018, due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was 85 years old and had been married to her husband, Charles Summerall, for 59 years. Kathryn was a wonderful wife and mother, devoted to her family. She adored her three children, their spouses and children. Kathryn is survived by her husband Charles, her daughter, Victoria Sudderth and her husband Terry, their children Max Fuerst, Chase Fuerst, Meggie & Stephen Gilstrap, Tyler & Julie Anne Sudderth, Max Sudderth and great grandchildren, Abbie and Zoe. Her daughter, Sharon Henley, her husband Don, and their children Annabel, Will and Sophie. Her son, Brian Summerall, his wife Michele, and their children David and Daniel. Her brother, Vance Minter, his wife Belinda and their children. Her sister-in-law, MaryAnn Reid, her children and grandchildren. She is also survived by her many beloved cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, various aunts, uncles and cousins, all of whom she dearly loved. Additionally, her family would like to thank her caregivers who were devoted to her.
Kathryn was born in Houston, Texas, on 10/31/1933 to Arlis Cecil and Victoria Dieb Minter. She was from a big extended family, grew up with them in Ft. Worth and graduated from Paschal High School. She attended and graduated from TCU with a Bachelor’s degree. Upon graduation, Kathryn moved to Dallas for work, where she met and married Charles Summerall in March of 1959. Kathryn had the gift of hospitality and delighted in her dinner club dinners, sewing group lunches, neighbors, and fun tennis friends. Not only was Kathryn a fabulous cook who enjoyed entertaining, but she also painted, played the piano, loved dancing and was an adept seamstress. As a faithful member of her church, Kathryn served many times on the Vestry, Altar Guild and the Needlepoint Guild. She and her husband Charles have been longtime members of Church of the Incarnation. A dear, kind-hearted woman, Kathryn was loved by all of her family and many lifelong friends.
Although Alzheimer’s took her from us, she will be remembered as a beautiful, faithful, vibrant woman who lived a wonderful and full life. A Memorial Service will be held at Church of the Incarnation, Tuesday, January 8th at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a giving website at summerallmemorial.com with specific links to UT Southwestern Alzheimer’s Research, Young Life, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. You can also send your donation made out to UT Southwestern, Young Life or St. Jude’s to the following address: Kathryn Summerall Memorial Gifts, 16475 Dallas Parkway, Suite 340, Addison, TX 75001.
- Memorial Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019
- Reception Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Kathryn Sue Minter Summerall
January 9, 2019
What a beautiful service for Katherine yesterday. It was a pleasure to see you all, even at such a sad occasion. I think back at the 60 years we double dated, married and raised children, the many good times and laughs - that is what I was thinking when I talked with Charlie. Pete and I loved them both and you children - you made your Mother very proud. Love, Joan Self
John W. Harris
January 4, 2019
Dear Charles and family:
My memory of Kathryn was all developed during the period of a couple of months in 2008, August and September specifically. I had done some other legal work, primarily for Charles, earlier, and during the above months I was privileged to be asked to counsel with both of you about updating your estate planning documentation, and to complete the project with new Wills and related documents, all signed in early October 2008.
In such a process, I always insist that both spouses be actively involved in the various meetings and the inevitable list of decisions which arise from those meetings. The Summeralls were no exception, and through this process I had the privilege of becoming acquainted with Kathryn. It was always helpful to hear her input--both her questions and her answers. She was definitely an active and important participant in the whole process, and it was my pleasure to work with her.
We have not stayed in regular contact since that time, but I remember Kathryn well and fondly as we worked through that process. I was saddened to see from the obituary that Kathryn had suffered from Alzheimer's disease, which ultimately led to her death. I wouldn't have predicted that such an outcome would befall the lady I met that year, and I send my deepest sympathies to the entire family for the stress you surely endured when that became the situation with Kathryn. I think we would all agree that she's in a better place now.
John W. Harris, Attorney