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Olive  Grace  Summers
     Olive Grace Summers, 101, passed away Feb. 4 at Centennial Park Retirement Village. One of eight children, she was born Dec. 29, 1911, at Belgrade to John and Blanche (Ford) McClatchey.
     As a young girl, she moved with her family to York County and then to Southwest Nebraska where she graduated from Palisade with the class of 1931. In 1941, Olive graduated from Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Hastings.
     She then entered the USN Nurse Corp. and served for 23 years, retiring in 1964 as a Luetinent Commander. During those years, she traveled to several foreign countries.
     On July 14, 1958, she married John Summers in Japan. Upon retirement they settled in San Diego, Calif. where John passed away in 1962.
     Olive spent several years in Nebraska caring for her parents in Grand Island and Friend. Upon their deaths, she returned to her home in California until 1993 when she moved to North Platte to live with her sister, Mabel Axtell. In 2005 they moved to Centennial Park Retirement Village.
     Olive was a member of the North Platte First United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of the Retired Officers Association, a Paid-Up-For-Life member of the Ford-Banka American Legion Post No. 183 in Friend, and a charter member of the Women of the Service Memorial.
     She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
     Olive was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Dale, Elburn, F.H. “Bud” and Virgil McClatchey; sisters, Altha Ramp, Opal Millsap and Mabel Axtell.
     Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Feb. 8, at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery with Dr. Douglas A. Delp officiating. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 2/6/2013
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