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Dorothy Anne, Dottie, Summers

A Celebration of Life for Dorothy Anne (Dottie) Summers, 71, West Plains, Missouri, will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 20, 2022, in the Langston Street Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Ms. Summers passed away at 1:47 p.m., Saturday, December 17, 2022, at Ozarks Healthcare.


She was born July 30, 1951, to Cecil Richard and Emma Louise (Hurst) Summers.  She graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1969.  She attended Missouri State University, and was a member of the Gamma Mu Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi.  Ms. Summers was a schoolteacher, having taught in the Waynesville and West Plains school districts.  She was instrumental in developing the At Risk program in West Plains, and was also a teacher in that program.  Her students were always “her kids”.  Ms. Summers enjoyed flowers and reading.  She loved her family very much, and was proud to be “Gram” to her grandkids.  She and Doug were special friends for seven years; all it took was a phone call.  Ms. Summers was a member of the Church of God.


She is survived by one daughter, Hillary Tugwell and husband, Jim, West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Emma, Mary Katherine (Kate), and James Andrew; special friend, Doug Parrish; and several cousins.


Her husband, Van Miller, her parents, and one brother, Richard (Dick) Summers, preceded her in death.


Burial will be at Howell Valley Cemetery at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to West Plains Education Foundation and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO  65775. Online condolences may be expressed at