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Bette L. Summers, nurse and traveler

Feb. 8, 1924 – Dec. 12, 2015

Bette L. Summers, 91, a retired registered nurse who traveled around the world, died Dec. 12 at her Buffalo home from Alzheimer’s Disease.

The former Bette Guerin was born in Buffalo and attended South Park High School. She and her late husband, Stuart, lived in Buffalo for a short time before moving to West Seneca, and eventually to Pompano Beach, Fla., before returning to Buffalo.

She earned an associate’s degree in nursing science from Broward Community College, and she was a nursing supervisor at West Seneca Developmental Center from 1977 to 1987. Mrs. Summers also worked as a nurse at Erie County Medical Center from 1988 until her retirement in 1995.

She was an avid reader who loved traveling. She and her husband took several Caribbean cruises and rode the rails through the western Canadian Rockies. When they were in their 60s, they backpacked for two months in Europe after a cross-Atlantic cruise on the Queen Elizabeth. In their 70s, they took a 90-day around-the-world cruise, and in their 80s they spent winters in Florida.

“They were afraid to fly,” said their daughter, Linda, “but they got around.”

Mrs. Summers was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Ebenezer United Church of Christ food pantry.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Summers is survived by another daughter, Pamela Tritto.

A grave-side service was conducted at St. Matthew’s Cemetery in West Seneca.

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