Wilma Lamb Summey, a beloved daughter, wife, mother, and friend, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at Upstate Community Hospice House in Landrum, South Carolina. She was born on June 14, 1942, in Henderson County, North Carolina to the late Jethro and Katie Bell Lamb.
Throughout her life, Wilma touched the hearts of those around her with her unwavering strength, kindness, and compassion. She dedicated the majority of her career as an administrative assistant at Skyland Petroleum Company, where she showcased her exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
Wilma had a zest for life and found joy in the simple pleasures. She enjoyed spending time sewing, tending to her garden, and caring for her beloved cat, Tiger. Additionally, she was a faithful member of Kings Grove Baptist Church, serving as Church Treasurer for many years. Her commitment and dedication to her faith were evident in every aspect of her life.
Wilma’s roots in the community ran deep. She graduated from Edneyville High School in 1960 and was a proud member of the Edneyville Community throughout most of her life. In 2020, she relocated to Ashlan Village Retirement Community in Lyman, South Carolina, where she found a new sense of belonging and formed cherished friendships. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff and fellow residents of Ashlan Village for their love and care during Wilma’s time there.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Ken Summey, who passed away on May 31, 2015.
Wilma will be deeply missed by her daughter, Kathy Gentry, and her husband, Kenny of Greer, South Carolina.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, September 29, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hendersonville, North Carolina officiated by Rev. Patrick Jinks.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial donations be made in Mrs. Summey’s memory to, The Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation (HPCF), P.O. Box 151, Drayton, South Carolina 29333 or online at https://www.hpcfoundation.org/online.
Wilma’s kind spirit and gentle heart will forever remain in the hearts of those she touched. May her legacy serve as a reminder of the power of love, faith, and resilience. The family would also like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the Agape Hospice staff for the compassionate care provided both at Ashlan Village and at the Upstate Community Hospice House of Landrum during Wilma’s final days.