Ada Willetta Summerfield

Ada Willetta Summerfield of Cottage Grove, OR, passed away on December 7th, 2019 at the age of 98. Ada was born on April 29, 1921 to David and Viola Rice on a farm on Daniels Creek, about 15 miles upriver from Coos Bay. She was the twelfth child of seventeen children. They enjoyed a robust country life where they were dairy farmers and raised crops. Though daily chores were extensive for such a large family, her parents still took time to lead the family in singing, reading and baseball games. When she started school, she and eight of her siblings took a boat to school. She enjoyed school and made friends easily.

After WWII, Ada met and married Warren Noë. They lived in Cottage Grove and had two children. Warren moved the family to the San Francisco Bay area to work for United Airlines. There they had their third child. Warren and Ada were accomplished ballroom dancers, they enjoyed travel and family, and playing bridge. They were active in a growing and thriving American Baptist church where Ada taught Sunday school.

She opened their home to provide foster care to pre-adoptive babies and other young people, as well as being a den mother for Cub Scouts and Brownies. She then went back to school and became a secretary. After 25 years, Warren and Ada divorced. Ada later remarried and her second husband, George Summerfield, was happy to move back to Cottage Grove when he retired so Ada could be closer to her sisters and brothers. Ada and George traveled to Europe and loved ballroom and square dancing. Ada was instrumental in starting the Senior Center in Cottage Grove and volunteered there for many years. She was a talented landscape painter. She was also active in the Methodist Church. When George passed away, she continued her activities until her health became a problem. She then moved to Magnolia Gardens where she made many new friends.

She was a devoted writer, and a supportive, loving mother and friend. She walked humbly and quietly with God all of her life. Ada was preceded in death by her husband George, and fourteen of her siblings. She is survived by her sister Elizabeth Pappas of Yuma, AZ, brother Charles Rice of Cottage Grove, son Michael Noë of Hayward, CA, daughters Sheila Hudson and Patricia Noë of Cottage Grove and their husbands, 2 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, a stepdaughter and step-grandchildren, and dozens of nieces and nephews.

Special appreciation and thanks to the hospice workers and the staff and caregivers of Magnolia Gardens who gave so much love and support to Ada.