Frances Louise Chelf Sumner, 89, died on Sunday, October 21, 2012 after a long illness. She was born on September 19, 1923 in Adair County, Kentucky. She was the oldest daughter of the late Elbert B. and Lennie Stayton Chelf. Her husband, Arthur G. Sumner, passed away in 1987 after 40 years of marriage.
She is survived by one daughter, Eileen Sumner Fisher (Richard) of Frankfort. She was the beloved grandmother of five grandchildren: Erin Fisher Kidder (Chris) of Lexington; Megan Fisher and Sean Fisher (Mackenzie) of Frankfort; Christopher Floyd of Aurora, Colorado and Chad Floyd of Springfield, Virginia. In addition she is survived by three great-grandchildren: Zoey Fisher of Frankfort; Beth Floyd Ricken and Joshua Floyd of Colorado; and one great-great-grandchild: Sam Ricken of Colorado.
She is also survived by her son-in-law, Edwin Floyd of Fairfax Station, VA; one brother, Richard Chelf (Shirley) of Elkhorn, KY; sister-in-law, Helen Greer Chelf of Frankfort; and seven nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Sumner Floyd; two brothers: Herbert Chelf (Dorothy) and Ralph Chelf; two sisters: Joyce Chelf Weil (Don) and Jeanette Chelf.
Mrs. Sumner graduated from the three-year registered nurse program at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY. She spent the last six months of her training at the U.S. Navy hospital in San Diego, CA as a member of the Cadet Nurse Corp. The Corps was established during World War II and existed from 1943-1948. She was then employed by Veterans Administration (now know as Veterans Affairs). She worked at the VA Hospital in Roanoke, VA followed by Waco, TX. At these two hospitals she served in several different nursing positions with her last position being Assistant Chief of Nursing Service. While in Waco, TX she attended evening classes at Baylor University and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing. In 1959 she transferred to the VA Hospital in Knoxville, IA as Chief of Nursing Service. She later transferred to VA Hospitals in Lyons, NJ; Brockton, MA and Perry Point, MD where she was Chief of Nursing Service at each medical facility. She retired from Veterans Administration after a distinguished career with 35 years of service. When she retired, she returned to her home state of Kentucky and settled in Frankfort to be near her family.
Beginning as a child she was active in Christian Churches wherever she lived. Her most recent church was Capital City Christian Church in Frankfort. Until recent years when health problems prevented participation, she was active and assumed responsibilities at Capital City Christian Church and with the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE).
Clark Legacy Center is in charge of all arrangements. Visitation will be 9-11 am on Thursday, October 25, 2012 followed immediately by the funeral service at 11 am. Burial will be at the Roley Cemetery in Adair County near Knifley. Pallbearers will be Sean Fisher, Richard Fisher, Chris Kidder, Christopher Floyd, Chad Floyd and Edwin Floyd. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass. The family is eternally grateful to Hospice and Caregiver Cindy Pardi for their compassionate care during the last months of our loved one’s life.