Fentress Mortuary

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Sandra "Meme" Summers

August 24, 1946May 18, 2020

Sandra Summers (AKA Meme), 73, passed from life on Monday, May 18, 2020, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was born August 24, 1946 to Emma Sue Jones and Raymond Arthur Guile in Oswego, New York.

Sandra was a fiery, passionate woman who was driven from an early age to love and support her family. She moved to Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 13 with her mother Emma Sue. She graduated from Northside High School in 1965. As Meme always told her grandchildren with pride, she “managed three and owned three.” In her youth she managed three different retail stores in Fort Smith including Margo’s, Nikki’s, and Mr. John’s. She owned Now Showing and Rare Discoveries; however, she is mostly known for the infamous Chocolates for Breakfast. After retirement, she enjoyed life to the fullest with her friends and family, including her loving companion John Whitsett. She often took trips back to Oswego, New York to visit family, including her beloved sister Peggy Hammond and niece Jessica DeGrenier. She resided in Fort Smith for the remainder of her years. She lit up the lives of all those around her, and her hardworking spirit will serve as an inspiration for generations to come.

Sandra was preceded in death by her mother, Emma Sue; and her father, Raymond Arthur. She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Summers Smith; and her two grandchildren, Dr. Cassandra Coleman Lautredou and Sienna Nicole Smith; one sister, Peggy Hammond and her husband James along with three nieces.

Memorial Mass will be 5:00 P.M. Friday, May 22, 2020 at Christ the King Church, Inurnment will be in the church columbarium. After social distancing measures have subsided, a celebration of the life of Sandra Summers will be held in Fort Smith, Arkansas, at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Catholic Church, 1920 S. Greenwood Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901 or Kitties and Kanines Shelter, 4800 S. 46th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72903. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary in Fort Smith. To send an online tribute, go to www.fentressmortuary.com


  • Stephanie Summers Smith, Daughter
  • John Whitsett, Loving companion
  • Dr. Cassandra Coleman Lautredou, Grandchild
  • Sienna Nicole Smith, Grandchild
  • Emma Sue Jones, Mother (deceased)
  • Raymond Arthur Guile, Father (deceased)
  • Peggy Hammond and husband James, Sister
  • Sandra is also survived by her three nieces.

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  • Christ the King Catholic Church
  • Kitties and Kanines Shelter



  • Memorial Mass

    Friday, May 22, 2020


  • Celebration of Life at a later date


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Alicia O’Connell

May 21, 2020

Stephanie-Words are not enough to convey what I feel for you and your girls right now. The void she leaves is so great because there is no one who comes close to who she was. You and your mom were such a big part of my life for so many years,! She was unlike anyone I have ever known. Her love and pride for you, and later your daughters, was so evident. I will forever remember some of the things she use to always say and the conversations had when we worked together at Chocolates. I am so sorry for your loss.


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