Suzanne S. Sumner

  • Born: September 24, 1931
  • Died: December 2, 2017
  • Location: Battle Creek

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Suzanne Sullivan Sumner, age 86, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, December 2, 2017. She was born in Battle Creek to Ralph and Maxine Sullivan. Suzanne was a graduate of Denison University and Katharine Gibbs School in Boston. After a short stint working in San Francisco, she returned to Battle Creek and in 1958, she married the love of her life, James Packard Sumner.

The couple shared three wonderful children – two daughters and a son. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother, and in her spare time, enjoyed playing tennis and bridge, swimming, reading, needlework, and travel – especially to Hawaii! Suzanne was a member of the First Congregational Church and the PEO Sisterhood, and volunteered in various capacities in the community.

She is survived by her daughters Patty (Dave) Hagan, Sara (Mark) Smith, and son Jim (Lisa) Sumner, seven beautiful grandchildren (Kevin, Michael, Dan, Ryan, Shannon, Elizabeth and Laura), her sister, Pat Korest and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the First Congregational Church in Battle Creek, with visitation beginning one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in her honor may be made to the First Congregational Church or Binder Park Zoo.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I was so shocked to read of your mother's passing. She was a very favorite patient of mine at Dr Steely's office. She loved you all very much! We laughed a lot and shared good times about family. She was a lovely lady and I miss her! Peace to your family

Posted by Pam Bishop - Battle Creek, MI   December 29, 2017

We were deeply saddened to hear of Suzanne's passing. We enjoyed our visits to your mother's house over these last 20 or so years. She was a pleasure to work for and talk to. She will be missed and remembered by us all.

Patty, Sherrie, Tina and Amanda

Posted by Patty Farmer - battle creek, MI   December 10, 2017

I'm so sorry to read this sad news...I have only recently met Sue by doing her gardening but enjoyed her company immensely.

Posted by A friend   December 10, 2017

Sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a great woman and long-time client. I will be missing our hourly chats a few times a year. She truly was a very kind and generous soul. God Bless your family in your time of need.

White & Company, PC

Posted by Ruth VanMiddlesworth - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   December 05, 2017


So sorry for you loss she was a very sweet lady I will miss her !

Posted by Audrey Jordan - MI - Friend   December 04, 2017