Originally Published: May 15, 2018 6:02 a.m.
Priscilla Morine Sommer (Reed) was born to George and Anka Reed on May 30, 1922, in Pierre, South Dakota. She passed away peacefully on Feb. 5 at 7:45 MST in Prescott Valley, Arizona, at the age of 95. Priscilla graduated from Pierre High School in 1940 and attended college at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics in 1945. Priscilla married her high school sweetheart, Maynard Charles Sommer, on July 14, 1945. Together they made their home in Pierre, where Maynard was employed by the State Highway Department and Priscilla taught Biology at Pierre High School. Priscilla taught until the birth of her first child, Reed Daniel Sommer, in 1949. In 1953 she gave birth to David Eugene Sommer. She remained a home keeper and loving mother and wife for the remainder of her time in Pierre. Priscilla was extremely active in the First Baptist Church in Pierre and a proud member of the PEO Club. She volunteered as a poll worker at local, state and national elections for many years. She loved to make clothes for family and friends and was a great cook, baker and crafter. She enjoyed refinishing furniture and making things a little bit better for all she knew. Her son David, with the help of Dot Gordon, moved Priscilla to Prescott, Arizona, in the spring of 2009 to be closer to him. She resided at a memory care facility in Prescott and later David moved her into an assisted living home called “A Little Bit of Heaven” in Prescott Valley. The staff at the home always commented on her sense of humor, kindness and happy smile. Priscilla’s family wishes to thank Helen Peter, owner of “A Little Bit of Heaven,” and the caregivers: Brian Bradley, Sue Tabor and Janette Geise, and Maggie’s Hospice of Prescott, for all their love and assistance. Priscilla was preceded in death by her husband, Maynard; son, Daniel (Reed); parents; brothers, George and Charles; and sister, Elsie. She is survived by her son, David of Prescott; grandchildren, Sarah Phillips of Dallas, Texas, Julianna Sommer of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Daniel Sommer of Presho, South Dakota; and six great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service at the First Baptist Church in Pierre, will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, beginning at 10 a.m. Rev. Dr. Lizette Hunt will preside. In lieu of flowers, send donations to The First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 105, Pierre, SD, or your favorite non-profit charity. Information provided by survivors.