Emma Ruth Parker Sommers

September 24, 1938 ~ July 3, 2016

Surrounded by her family Emma Ruth Parker Sommers passed from this world to God's heavenly gate on July 3, 2016.


Sister Ruth, "Ruthie", Mom, and Mameaux was born on September 24, 1938 in Lake Charles, Louisiana to the late Elbert and Dorothy Parker. A Moss Bluff girl, she was a 1957 graduate of Gillis High School where she was a class sweetheart and friend to all. She had many jobs over the years but the one she will always be remembered by was that of a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and now great-grandmother. She was a prayer warrior to the end, loving being in the house of God, teaching Sunday School at the First Pentecostal Church of Lake Charles, assisting with Silver Clouds, and being in the prayer room with her sisters in the Church.


She leaves to cherish her memory, the love of her life, Harry S. Sommers, Jr. whom she met when he was stationed as an air policeman at the Chennault Air Base. They married on November 26, 1957, in Beaumont, Texas. She supported Brother Harry by leaving Louisiana as he pursued his law enforcement career in Fairfax County, Virginia. After a successful career and retirement, they returned to Moss Bluff where Church and family became her passion.


To this union they were blessed with their first son, Harry S. "Trip" Sommers, III and his wife Divah of Atlanta; granddaughter Katherine Freeman, her husband Ryan and great granddaughter Alice Mae all of Chattanooga; grandson Michael R. Sommers and wife Monet of Knoxville. Also their second son, William A. "Bill" Sommers, Sr. and his wife Belinda; granddaughter Savannah Foreman, her husband Justin and great grandson Parker of Moss Bluff; grandson William A. "Billy" Sommers, Jr. and his wife Madison now of Silver Spring, Maryland; and granddaughter Sarah Sommers of Moss Bluff.


Ruth was preceded in death by her parents Elbert and Dorothy Parker, sisters Adele Roberts, Vernel Sensat, and Vergie Franklin.


She is survived by sisters Linda Abel (John) of Baker, Louisiana and Sue Greene (Art) of Moss Bluff and a host of nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be at First Pentecostal Church on July 5, 2016, under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home, beginning at 5 p.m. and on July 6, 2016 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Services will be at the Church on July 6, 2016, at 11 a.m. Burial will be at the Old Richey Cemetery in Moss Bluff. Services will be led by Pastor Jeffrey Ralston, Pastor C.D. Thornton, and Reverend Jarred Grissom of First Pentecostal Church of Lake Charles on Bunker Road.


We find comfort in knowing that she is walking those heavenly streets of gold and know that she will be watching for us as we will one day be there too.


The family would like to thank Dr. Charles Woodard for his loving care over the years and a special thanks to Dr. Ben Thompson, Nurses Taylor Bellaire and Katherine Fortner, great home health nurses Pam and Christy, as well as all of the Doctors, Nurses, and other staff at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.

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  1. Precious saint and lady, dancing on the streets of Glory. Won't it be wonderful There. Love and prayers

  2. Aunt Ruthie will truly be missed. She was such a strong, sweet and welcome role model for all of us. She was kind and gentle but you knew she meant business. She and my Uncle Harry have led all of us through life, no matter how many miles separated us, by providing amazing example with their own lives and devotions. My heart is with you all from Virginia. May your day and days to come be filled with peace and cherished memories, love you all.

  3. Harry, It with great sorrow that I send you this message. I know that during the coming days you will remember all the great moments and fun moments you had with your wife. You will be in my prayers.

  4. Harry: Sorry to hear of the passing of Ruthie. Keeping you and the family in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. So sorry to hear of your loss. Know that our family have your family in our prayers and thoughts.

  6. To the Sommers Family – Across the miles from Northern Virginia, please accept our profound sympathy on your truly great loss. Such fond memories of Mrs. Sommers – her sweet soft voice, heart, a winning smile and eyes that sparkled like stars. Grateful that Mrs. Sommers brought into this world a good son our cherished brother-in-law. Mrs. Sommers was a gentle blessing in this world and her great and loving spirit will live forever. Blessings, – Deanna & Michael –

  7. Our deepest sympathy for the entire Sommers Family. I have had the priviledge of meeting Mrs. Sommers from time to time over the past 25 years of working with her son William. She was always a pleasure to speak with for the moments she was able while serving lunch on law enforcement week at the church, that beautiful smile shining through. I know that she will truely be missed but has set the foundation for her family to continue and thrive without her. May you all remember fond memories of Mrs. Sommers and know that she has fulfilled her duty and now walks with faith in heaven as she did on Earth.

  8. SOMMERS Family, My condolences to SOMMERS family at this time of loss. Losing a loved one in death is one of the hardest things to handle. The Bible assures us the hope of seeing our loved ones again at Act 24:15 which says ~ I have hope toward God, ….. that there is going to be a resurrection. …. Under the rule of his Kingdom the Heavenly King Jesus Christ will resurrect untold numbers of people to life here on earth ~ but under peaceful and righteous conditions. To learn more, Please visit

  9. To the Sommers Family, Very sorry to hear of your loss. May she rest in peace and may the family feel comfort.

  10. Harry and family so sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed chatting and catching up during our chance encounters at Sams. May you feel Gods presence during this difficult time

  11. We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ruth. We always thought Ruth was one of the nicest neighbor we ever had. We considered her a good friend and someone we could always talk to. Please extend our condolences to the entire family.

  12. I want to express my deepest sympathy for this huge loss. As sick as Sis Ruth was she never failed to pray for others or sacrifice her time with Bro. Harry's to attend to the needs of others. I am so sorry I am just learning of her passing. May God continue to comfort you during this very sad transition. Rest assured you will see her on the other side.

  13. Dear Harry and Family, It is with heavy heart to learn of the passing of your beloved Ruthie, she was truly a special lady: warm, loving and caring. She not only raised two exceptional sons, but she also raised a "shift" of young rookie police officers back in the day. Her door was always open especially to those who worked with Harry! She was a mentor and great lady that will always be remembered fondness.

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