2018-01-11 / Obituaries

Dorothy Joan (Leroy) Sumerix

Dorothy Joan (Leroy) Sumerix, 81, Roscommon, died Dec. 22, 2017, at her winter home in Sebring, FL.

Details concerning a memorial lat- er in the year will be announced when plans are completed by the family.

She was born to Wayne and Frances (Mabon) Leroy in Shiawassee County June 13, 1936. She was a lifelong Michigander and lived at her beloved Higgins Lake for the past 49 years.

She grew up in Perry and attended college at Central Michigan University, majoring in English literature and the- ater. There she met and later married the love of her life, Lorrance G. Sumerix, Aug. 25, 1957.

Both teachers, they first taught in Alma, then moved to Caseville, where Mrs. Sumerix taught English at Lakers High School in Pigeon. Their son, John Jay, was born Nov. 9, 1961.

Having vacationed at Higgins Lake as a young girl, Mrs. Sumerix was hap- py to move back to the area in 1968, where she and her husband both took teaching jobs at Roscommon High School. They purchased their house on Higgins Lake in 1969.

Mrs. Sumerix was an enthusiastic teacher and started a debate and fo- rensics group. She also helped direct musicals and plays. The Sumerixes’ dedication to their students extended to bringing several of them home, and Don Warren, Cindy (Watterworth) Striplin, Mary (Smith) Powers and Brian Lang became part of the family.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Sumerix spent many hours on the golf course. Upon retirement in 1991, they found a win- ter home in Buttonwood Bay in Se- bring, FL. After her husband’s death in 2010, Mrs. Sumerix continued to divide her time between Higgins Lake and Buttonwood, often saying she had the best of both worlds. She enjoyed her girls group and all the activities they shared together.

Mrs. Sumerix was said to live life with a flair for the dramatic. The door to her home was always open to friends and family.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Larry; mother, Frances; and father, Wayne.

Surviving are her brother, Howard (Dorothy) LeRoy; son, John, Don (Susan) Warren, Cindy (Bill) Striplin, Mary (Joe) Powers, Brian (Sharon) Lang; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Roscommon County Community Foundation for the Larry Sumerix Music Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 824, Roscommon, MI 48653.

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