Annie Summersgill

July 1, 2012 • Obituaries


Annie Florine “Tootie” Summersgill, 92 years young, of Lubbock, Texas, passed away in Lubbock on June 23, 2012. She was born on Aug. 17, 1919, in Sugden, Okla., to Thomas and Lenora Barbee. In December 1921, the family moved to Hale Center, Texas, by covered wagon. Annie graduated from Hale Center High School. After high school she went to Washington where she worked as a welder on World War II airplanes as one of the “Rosie the Riviters.” After the war, she moved to Roswell, where she worked at the Colonial Club as a bartender. She also worked as a waitress at Benny’s Cafe until 1980, when she moved back to Hale Center to care for her mother. Annie lived in Hale Center for 21 years, then moved to Lubbock to be with her family. She was affectionately called “Ma” by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Annie was an accomplished cook and loved to quilt.

Annie was preceded in death by her parents; sister Flossie Kisselburg and husband Harvey Kisselburg, of Eldorado, Texas; and her brothers Virgil “Red” Barbee and wife Dorothy Barbee, of Roswell, and Billy Wayne Barbee, of Azel, Texas.

Annie is survived by her daughter Melody Novak and husband Matt, of Roswell; three grandchildren, Kirby Blakley, Ryan Blakley and wife Vicki, and Trace Blakley; 10 great-grandchildren, Hunter McKinney, Sarah, Clint, Rance, Kross, Blaize, Blaine Blakley, Isses, Isaac and Izzie Gomez, all of Lubbock; two nieces, Charlotte Baker and family, of Cleveland, Okla., and Betty Hay Jackson and family, of Kearny, Neb. She will be loved and missed by all.

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