VIRGINIA ARLENE SUMNER On June 18, 2021, Virginia Arlene Sumner passed away at the age of 77 peacefully in her home after a 7-year long battle fighting Stage IV Lung Cancer. Virginia was born in San Bernardino, California on January 6, 1944, to Gene and Arlene Phelan. She was the middle of three sisters; her oldest sister, Lynetta Phelan and younger sister, Darleen Pittman. Virginia - or Jynnie, as she was known to her family and close friends - was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. The joy she felt seeing all her great grandchildren being born into this world is what kept her fighting and pushing through her sickness, pain and beating the odds stacked against her for seven long years. Virginia had a long career working at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from which she retired. She and her husband Robert Sumner, loved to go camping and would often take their daughters camping and fishing growing up. They continued the camping tradition with their grandchildren. She had many hobbies during her retirement years, some of which included working at Lakeside and doing accounting, belly dancing and making jewelry. She was extremely talented at making jewelry and would attend jewelry shows to sell them as well as make her family and friends beautiful pieces of jewelry as gifts. Making jewelry for one of her granddaughter's bridal party and sewing the names of her family members in jewels on Christmas stockings brought her joy and is a gift her family will forever cherish in the years to come. Virginia is survived by her husband, Robert Sumner and their daughters, Troyas Wade and Dawn Sumner-Scroggins. At this time, no memorial service is scheduled. Her ashes are resting at home with her husband along with her beloved pets, Teddy, Trinket, Tiffany and Peppisan.
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Published by Pahrump Valley Times on Jul. 14, 2021.