Lela Sumner, 89

Lela Mildred Sumner, 89, of Edon passed away early Tuesday morning at Evergreen Manor Nursing Home in Montpelier.  A Williams County resident her entire life, Mildred was born on July 27, 1925 in Brady Township to Virgil L. and Veree (White) Ridgway.  Mildred married Willard D. Sumner on October 16, 1944 and he preceded her in death in January of 1991.

In 2001 Mildred retired from Potter Inc in Bryan, where she was a custodian for 18 years.  Mildred was a nurse’s aide for 20+ years, working at Cameron Hospital, Bryan Hospital, Hillside Country Living, Figleys Nursing Home in Pioneer, Coats Rest Home in Pioneer and the former Bryan Rest Home.  She was also a volunteer of the Bryan Hospital Auxiliary for 5 years.

Mildred is survived by one daughter Sandra (Darrell) Long of Edon; three grandchildren, Steven Sumner, Brett Long and Jennifer Manlove; four great grandchildren, Victoria Long, MaKayah Long, Kayden Long and Alexia Long; one great great grandchild Caius Long; three brothers, Rex Ridgway of West Unity, Harvey Ridgway of Grabill, Indiana and Wayne Ridgway of West Unity; and one sister Delores (Chester) Cook of West Unity.

She was preceded in death by her husband Willard D., her parents, one son Willard L. Sumner; one sister Delilah Burns; and four brothers, Junior, James, Jay and Al Ridgway.

Visitation for Mildred will be on Friday August 15th from 11am-1pm at the Thompson Funeral Home, 204 E. Main Street, Montpelier.  Services will be on Friday at 1pm at the funeral home with Reverend Nick Woodall to officiate.  Interment will follow at Shiffler Cemetery in rural Bryan.  Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Foundation or to the family.

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