Jamaica Plain Artist
Carol Summers, 86, formerly of Jamaica Plain, died peacefully on March 29 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Born on May 18, 1935 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of Christian and Letha (Chupp) Moeller, Carol grew up in Southport, Indiana together with her twin sister, Esther and three other siblings: Ruth, Fritz and Elinor.
She left home to attend the University of Indiana and then the University of Chicago where she graduated with a BA in art history. Not long after, she settled in Larchmont, New York where she raised her family and continued to study fine art in Manhattan. As a single mother, Carol decided that she needed to develop a sustaining career aside from her main interest in art. She enrolled at Iona Business School where she earned an MBA and from there launched her career as an advertising representative at the Wall Street Journal in New York City.
With her children grown, Carol decided to move to Jamaica Plain where she immersed herself in art and the community for the next 20 years. Inspired by the beauty of nature, she painted gorgeous abstracted landscapes that she displayed in local galleries, art shows and the annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios. She was an active and contributing member of the Jamaica Plain Artists Association. Her favorite contribution was to serve as organizer of the Loring-Greenough House site of the Open Studios. Doing so, she became fascinated by the history of the Loring-Greenough House where she enjoyed volunteering as a docent guiding historic tours. Carol loved living in Jamaica Plain for its community, its beauty and for the many friends she made.
Carol is survived by her twin sister, Esther Stanton and sister, Ruth Whitehouse, her children: Eric Summers of Jamaica Plain, Julie Chandler of Westport. Connecticut and Stuart Summers of Duvall, Washington; her grandchildren: Bradford Summers, Lindsey Meyer, Paul Chandler, Emily Summers and Colleen Summers, her great grandchildren Cora Summers and Henry Meyer, as well as nine nieces and three nephews, all of whom she loved beyond measure.
Carol Summers was a bright, independent, modern woman with an incredibly generous and loving heart. She will be missed by her family and her friends. Donations in her memory may be made to the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, loring-greenough.org or to Mass Audubon, massaudubon.org.