Sybil E. Summers

October 1, 1923 - December 10, 2018

Sybil E. Summers


Mrs. Sybil E. Summers, 95, long time Chicago (Sweet Home Chicago) resident lastly living in Belvidere/Rockford, went to her eternal home with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Monday, December 10, 2018 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago,Ill. Born October 1, 1923 in Hartselle, Alabama (Sweet Home Alabama), , Daughter of the late Ervin Robert McElroy and Sydney Ellen Moss McElroy. She married James Hobson Summers in the state of Georgia.  Once living in Chicago, was employed by various companies in Chicago (she often worked along side of her sister the late Melba Lucas in Chicago, Lava Lamp Lite Ma Browns Pickle Factory, Motorola and the Chicago Forum Cafeteria. Sybil was a born again Christian in her 40’s and devoted and faithful soul winner leading many family friends, neighbors and strangers to the Lord. Sybil loved to sing old time country music with her brother Sidney McElroy and sing gospel music while her brother played the guitar.  She could often be heard singing while doing her chores or in the middle of the night. She attended Baptist Churches in the cities where she lived and visited other churches with her children/grandchildren. She was a member of the Choir and a Sunday School in her younger years. Sybil’s priority was her family. Sybil loved her journey in life with her parents and siblings that preceded her in passing and always till she went home with the Lord loved her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. For anyone who knew Sybil she loved going out to eat and enjoying her snacks at any given time. Sybil also loved her beloved pets. She was fond of Collie Dogs (Lassie Dogs) and Siamese cats.

Sybil is loved and missed by her four (4) living children, Paulette Carol Summers (Erickson); children, Rhonda Susan, Mary Kay, Rebecca Lou, Carol Renee, Cynthia Ann, Valerie Jean, the late Luanne Elizabeth, Crissandra Rose, Jennifer Lynn, Carrie Lynn, Angela Michelle, Lisa Marie.  Her oldest Son Larry Dwight Summers daughter-in-law, Nancy Summers; grandchildren, Robert Summers, Robin Ann Summers Ostrander (Shawn) , middle daughter Pamela Joyce Summers (Cook) and son in law Verlon Cook II and the late grandson Verlon Cook III (Baby Cookie) and youngest daughter Deborah Ann Summers (and her youngest and 16th granddaughter Mary Ellen Amanda Grace aka Amanda Ellen to Sybil her Grandmother.  And nephews Lee, Ronnie Teddy, Michael McElroy. She is preceded in death by her husband James H. Summers and Raymond Aguirre and her parents Ervin Robert and Sydney Ellen McElroy, son, Roger Aguirre, and brothers, Leon McElroy and Sidney Clay McElroy and sisters Melba McElroy (Lucas) and baby girl sister who went to heaven at birth. Two grandchildren Verlon Cook III (Baby Cookie) and Luanne Elizabeth Kostakis. One nephew Michael McElroy.

A celebration of Sybils life will be held at 9:00 a.m., Friday, December 21st, 2018 at First Baptist Church, 1255 W. Jackson St, Belvidere, IL 61008 with Rev. David Love officiating followed by a luncheon and a Chapel service will be held at 2:00 p.m. prompt at Montrose Cemetery in Chicago, Ill followed by her burial.   A viewing/memorial visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a special hour of music and eulogies from 6:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit

Service Schedule

Thursday, December 20, 2018
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


A visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 20, 2018, at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave.

Friday, December 21, 2018
9:00 am

First Baptist Church

(815) 547-5800

A funeral service will be held at 9:00 a.m., Friday, December 21, 2018 at First Baptist Church, 1255 W Jackson St, Belvidere, IL 61008. Pastor David Love will officiate.

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My Beloved Mother-in-Law

Thank You For entering My life again. I knew you then an by the Grace of Our Heavenly Father you became a part of my life again. As a Born Again Christian we are to serve Jesus by having a sincere relationship with He who created us, and by our salvation we are to tell others about the great news of The Heavenly Father opening up Heaven and giving us His Gift to be with Him. You gave a Eulogy at my Mom’s funeral about The Clock. This is the time to celebrate the Birth of our Lord. Unlike the lyrics of Allen Toussaint and sung by Ernie K. Doe you were such a pleasant Lady who Graced our Home with your presence. Thank you for being at my Wife’s side when she was on Life support & giving me comfort. You will surely be missed by your loved ones. God Bless and keep you until we meet again Love Always your son-in-law Cookie

Verlon Cook Jr. 2018-12-21T17:58:54

We will all miss you, Grandma Summers! <3

Erica Saviano 2018-12-21T17:21:33

Mama, words could never express my love and gratitude for you. I praise the Lord that He let you, of all the women on this earth, to be my Mother. I thank Him each & every day for you. I also thank Him that you were the one to tell me what Jesus did for me and how to be saved. I thank & praise Him for the boldness He gave you to be able to tell others about salvation. You always used easy to understand language and never “flowered” it up. You always said, “Jesus is the Way,
the Truth & the Life.” Thank you again for being a wonderful, caring Mother. I will treasure you always and always remember your awesome words of wisdom and how you lived your life for the Lord. I know you are with Him now. The dream you had of being in Heaven in the late 70’s is now a reality and you are beholding the Glory of the Lord & walking the streets of gold. I will see you again as soon as the Lord calls me home. “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.” Hallelujah & Amen!!! Love, Pam

Pamela Cook 2018-12-20T23:45:36

I love you my precious mommy. You were the best mommy in this whole world. Thank you for everything. You were always there for me and I will miss you so very very much. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I will see you and be with you again. Love Always, Carol

Paulette Carol Erickson 2018-12-20T21:16:22

It was a blessing for my mom and I to know Sybil Summers she was a great lady of God I remember her often sitting in a chair and hearing her sing a hymn she was a privilege and pleasure to know

Russell Rauch 2018-12-20T07:27:59

Grandma I love you. I’m so thankful for all the precious time I had spent with you.

Angela Castaneda 2018-12-20T06:11:45

My precious beautiful Mother. I am so very honored and blessed to be the the Soul Winners Daughter. Your life was a long and amazing journey that evolved into a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. Your legacy is so very profound as your work on earth for the Lord was significant and well done. Go rest high on that mountain Mom as the song says for your work on earth is done. I will live with precious memories all the days of my life Mama. Until we meet again I love you Mother with all my heart.

Deborah Ann Summers 2018-12-20T02:03:32

I know your up in heaven,so peaceful and pain free now.You have taught me to believe in the lord,you are the strongest women I know,you never gave up.i will miss you dearly.LOVE YOU GRAMS

Robin Ostrander 2018-12-19T18:53:59


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