Cherokee Nation citizen, Anita Geraldine Summerfield-Smith, 65, passed away with her loving family by her side on February 7, 2017 at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, OK.
"Nita" or "Frama" as she was loving called by her family and grandchildren was born on November 6th, 1951, in Claremore, OK, the daughter of Edd and Mary Helen (Whitecotton) Summerfield. She grew up in the Kenwood Reservation and Eucha, OK areas before making her home in Tahlequah, OK. She attended school in Kansas, OK and Jay High School, where she was a graduate of the class of 1969. While attending college at Northeastern State University, graduating with two Master's Degrees, Anita worked during the summer with her father as actors in the Trail of Tears drama at the Tsalagi Heritage Center. There, she met her husband Stanley and they married on July 24th, 1972. Together, they raised three children, Brian, Adrienne, and Jana.
Following college, Anita worked as an educator, counselor, faithful servant, and professional who worked at the Cherokee County District Attorney's Office and Rainbow University, before beginning her 36 year career at the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation. As Homebuyers Training Coordinator, Housing Manager, Assistant Director, and Director of Housing Occupancy/Management, Anita was an advocate for whom families valued her professionalism and knowledge on the housing industry. Many Cherokee citizens achieved home ownership or professional growth and promotion through her guidance and selfless contributions. She loved her work and her dedicated co-workers. She was proud to serve the Cherokee Nation and its citizens.
At home, she was a loving wife, proud mother of three children and devoted grandmother to her three "grandbabies." Solving Sudoku puzzles, hiking out in the woods, hunting or fishing on the lake with her husband, Stan, and sneaking food to her granddogs and grandcats, Santana, Luna, Tilly and Ellie, were her favorite things to do. She enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren excel in sports and life and relaxing around the house watching her favorite movies, Lord of the Rings and Pride and Prejudice.
In her quiet and unassuming way, she genuinely loved people and it showed in her big smile and her kind heart, always going the extra mile to please and provide assistance where needed. A Christian by faith, Anita was a member of the Tsa-La-Gi United Methodist Church of Jay, OK. In spite of all she had left to do, the Lord called this good and faithful servant home from her labors. Anita will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
Anita is preceded in death by her mother, father, grandparents, and a nephew, Monte Price.
Her memory will be cherished by her husband, Stanley Smith, of the home in Tahlequah, Ok. She is survived by her husband, Stanley, her adored children, Brian Smith of Tahlequah, OK, Adrienne Smith of Tahlequah, OK, and Jana Smith also of Tahlequah, OK; brother Eddie Summerfield and wife Alice of Muskogee, OK; sister Dorothy Summerfield of Tahlequah, OK. Anita lives on in her three very special grandchildren, Sydney Smith, Kaylee Smith, and Jaxen Smith, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.
Funeral services for Anita Geraldine Smith will be held on Monday, February 13th, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Reed-Culver Chapel in Tahlequah, OK. Visitation will be conducted on Saturday, February 11th, 2017 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a Wake Service being conducted from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM also at Reed-Culver Chapel. Interment will be held at Tahlequah City Cemetery. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.reedculver.com.
Pallbearers for Anita include Jerrod Hammer, DeWayne Hammer, Herman Augerhole, Niko Hammer, Jose Salamanca, and David Linch. Honorary pallbearers include Eddie Summerfield, Rex Smith, Boyd Smith, and Cletis Smith.
Published on February 9, 2017