Sumer
Sumer Nicole Alvarez, 20, died in an accident on July 30, 2005 in Jaipur, India. Sumer was deeply loved. She is survived by her mother and step-father, Sandra and John Murphy, and sister Kara, age 6; her father and step-mother Dave and Julie Alvarez, sister Holly, age 5, and brother Nicholas, age 3; grandparents, Manny and Rachel Alvarez and Victor Martinez and Cherry Martinez; step-grandparents Maryanne Murphy and Dr. John Murphy and Jack and Hilda Walker and a large extended family of relatives and close friends. Sumer graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School and was was scheduled to begin her junior year at Georgetown University in Wash. D.C. She volunteered her time in many organizations including tutoring adult students at Catholic Charities, and mentoring children at the Georgetown University Theater Program. She was in India educating rural children. Sumer's talents were bountiful. A gifted student and athlete, she enjoyed writing, music, theater and painting, but her passion was photography. An evening Vigil will be held at Rice Mortuary on Sunday, August 7, 2005 at 7:00 P.M. Funeral Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach on Monday, August 8, 2005 at 10:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Sumer Nicole Alvarez Foundation 10535 Foothill Blvd., Ste 300, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.

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  1. Dear John, Sandy and Kara, Words cannot express my sorrow for your great loss. My heart breaks for you. I can’t forget her smiling face. I met her one Christmas and she impressed me then. A special young lady with a wonderful and promising future ahead of her. Sumer, I keep dreaming of her, almost every night, ever since we got the news. My dreams of her are as chaotic as her beautiful email of India. I dream of her having fun. Bouncing all over the place! Ya ba dabba doo! Keep having a wonderful time in Heaven Sumer! You will indeed be loved and missed.

  2. Sandy and Family, I’m sure you’ll remember me, but if not,I am Aydee’s neice, Azlin. I only learned of Sumer’s passing today and I wish hole-heartedly that I could have been there to say “see you later.” I know I didn’t know Sumer very well, but I have childhood memories of her, and to me, that alone makes her my friend.I remember her and I fighting Zack over playing Nintendo, her and I playing Marco polo in Vic’s pool, and her and I “exploring” Hawii together. But most of all, and I’m telling you this because it is the truth, I remember being amazed at how intelligent and bright she was. I didn’t know how or why, but I knew that she was going to make an impact on the world and from what I hear, she did. Take peace and comfort knowing that she was doing something she loved to do and that although she would have done so much more, she’s now in a place where she’ll never again cry, feel pain, or even feel hungry.while we’re mourining she’s the happiest she’s ever been. I know this is of little comfort but I hope it helps some. I wish you and your family the best you are in our hearts and prayers. Sincerley, Azlin

  3. Please know that our family, and my church family are praying that you find comfort and strength in the Lord Jesus as you grieve the loss of your dear, Sumer. I first met Sumer when my niece, PJ Armstead-Williams, invited her Georgetown roommates to a barbeque at my home. At the time I was anxious about how whether my niece would enjoy her experience at GTown. Although the girls had only known each other for a few days, they interacted as if they were old friends. I no longer worried about my niece because of the love and companionship that your Sumer shared. I thank God that I was able to see Sumer again in California in June. I look forward to seeing and again enjoying her company in heaven. God bless you and your family, Angie Bernard “Cast your burdens upon the Lord, and He will sustain you” Psalm 55:22

  4. Sandy and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. God has a new angel and may he give you all strength to bare the loss.

  5. Dearest Sandy, John, Dave and Julie; The memories of Sum’s through the past 17 years keep popping up. Something we see, or something we hear reminds us of a memory. I cherish them. I want to express to you all how much I have enjoyed hearing about her selfless work in India and the many stories that her friends have shared. I don’t know what God’s plans are for Sum’s but He has called her to duty. Someday when we get there it will all be explained. But until then, your families have us to lean on, your friends. I know that the hole in your souls is so deep that our mere mortal words can’t begin to fill them. Please know we are holding you up in prayer daily. Sumer is a reflection of all the good things in life, we will hold fast to that. Our love to you all.

  6. my sister, my friend, my love, my confidence, my inspiration, my dreamsharer, my mirror, my truth, my artistic advice, my glow, my heart…i dreamed about you today. and i cried because i thought you didn’t see me and that i could only see you…but you are mi espejo, y siempre reflejas la verdad…i miss you lots, bugger (said with an English accent)…you should come back and give your mom and dad a hug…and if you have time, manny and rachel, your fam, and maybe if you have a lot of time, me too…if not, then i’ll just wait til i see you…ayudame con este trabajo…hay mucho que nos queda sin ti…i always thought angels were secret, you know, like they exist but don’t have faces or smiles or fingernails, just like they’re balls of white light…but now i know that since you are one of them, that the angels are EVERYWHERE! the world is beautiful with them…and you know what, Sumer, you are my favorite one. always. <3

  7. I’ve known Sumer since she was a toddler & was lucky to watch her grow up. I loved hearing stories about Sumer & they got more exciting as she got older & had more adventures & experiences. I heard about school & sports, dances & driving, about girlfriends & cliques & boyfriends & break ups, about camping & European vacations, & my favorite – college life. I thought I knew Sumer, but I only knew her as “Sandy’s daughter”. I should have known how modest Sandy was, especially when it came to Sumer’s accomplishments. Over the last few days I got to know Sumer in a different way. I always knew she was deeply loved by her family. But when I saw the outpouring of love & grief of her friends, teachers & coaches, I was overwhelmed. Through stories & pictures, I got to know what a remarkable young woman Sumer was. I think when you are surrounded by love, unconditional love & support, it gives you the freedom to be who you want to be. Sumer chose to be the person we all wish we could be. Her gift was the ability to touch people’s lives & leave a lasting impression. My heart aches for the Alvarez, Martinez, Murphy & Miranda families. I hope all the prayers & love sent your way give you strength & comfort. Love, Chris

  8. Dear Dave, Sandy and family, Tom and I wish to extend our deepest sympathies at the loss of your beautiful daughter. We can only imagine the pain you are feeling and have been praying unceasingly for God’s comfort during this time. I had the privilege of knowing Sumer as a young child while she attended my Gymboree class in Covina. I remember her as such a happy, adorable toddler and was not surprised to learn that she had grown into such a kind, bright and lovely young woman. She was a shining star on earth and as we know, stars shine forever in the heavens. When we look up and see an extraordinarily bright star, we will think of Sumer. With love, Robin and Tom Hoklotubbe and family

  9. To Sumer’s family and friends in CA, First of all I want to thank you so very much for all of your hospitality and friendliness this last weekend. You made my trip to CA one more incredible memory I have of Sumer. I could see Sumer again in all of you, and take comfort in knowing I can keep in touch with you to ease missing her so much here on earth. I leave for Thailand Monday to study abroad, and I had been planning on buying Sumer a kite there, because I knew how she had ordered what turned out to be a sorta crappy one on e-bay. I would still like to send you a kite from Thailand in memory of Sumer, for her siblings and cousins, and if you e-mail me the appropriate address to send it to it will be deeply appreciated. I miss you all very much even though I just met you, and wish I didn’t have to ever leave CA or at least not as soon as I did. Some day I will be naming a daughter after Sumer, and I’ll be sure to only marry a man that will let me… I’ll be writing a memory page and sending it to you, and I’ll be writing as much as I can remember other than that too. Sumer has taught me so much, and it’s always been hard for me to open up to people but she also taught me that it’s one of the most important things I can do. I feel like my future with her has been stolen and bouts of anger hit me along with depression and emptiness, but I know in reality I was blessed to have the time I did have with her, and she in no way belonged to this earth. Again, thank you all for everything. My thoughts and prayers are always with you, Vanessa

  10. Sandy and family, Thinking and praying God gives you strength at this time of sadness…It’s nice to know all the good things Sumer did..I always remember what you said, that Sumer would say to you “mom you’re so special..I will light a candle everyday..and remember that things happen for a reason. God Bless You.

  11. When I first met Summer at the begining of her freshmen year I knew instantly that she was special…of all the people at Georgetown, not ONE of them was able to get around campus on a long-board skateboard as gracefully as Sumer could! Beyond her nack for the unique, however, what I always loved most about Sumer was her compassion and kindness. Working with her at Catholic Charities was a true blessing and I know for a fact that she made a huge difference in the lives of the students she taught. She was an excellent teacher but most importantly she was an excellent person.

  12. For many years Sumer was the only grandchild for Manny and Rachel and how they loved her. She brought them so much laughter and sunshine that they looked forward to having Sumer spend time with them and they proudly shared all of Sumer’s events, stories, accomplishments, and pictures with us. Sumer’s genuine and spiritual life has touched us all and those of us who knew her or only heard of her will not forget her. Dave, Julie, Sandy, & John words cannot express this profound sorrow in my heart and God Bless and guide you. Cousin Linda

  13. It hard to imagine Sumer at 21 because all of my memories of Sumer date back to when she was 3 or 4 years old. My most memorable memory of Sumer was when Sumer was “working” with me at the Embassy Suites in El Segundo. In the back office we had a old key cabinet that held duplicate keys for the rooms. The key cabinet was very large and held the brass keys for all 350 rooms and had a large hinged door. The keys hung on nails that were organized by the room number. Each room had 3 or so keys on each nail. Although this cabinet was very large and heavy, the door swung open and close fairly easily. Sumer went up to the cabinet and noticied the door was left open. She was 3 or 4 at the time and had decided that the door should be closed. With all of her might, she slammed the door shut. The whole cabinet sounded like a pachinco machine with literally 500 keys bouncing their way down to the ground. Sumer was astonished (as was I). At first all I could do was laugh. Then I asked Sumer if she could help me put all the keys back. I put Sumer in my arms and one-by-one I would dip her down and she would grab a key in her little hands. She would bring the key up so I could read it and then I would lift her to the right spot to put the key back on it’s nail in the cabinet. It took us the rest of the night to put all those keys back and I did little “work” the rest of the night. Our thoughts and prayers are with you – Clay

  14. Dearest Sandy, John, Kara and Family: I learned of Sumers passing late last week and am so saddened for you and your loss. Words cannot express enough how I and everyone feel for you at this time. I want you to know that since finding out about this have prayed for you every day and throughout the day to offer you comfort and to somehow find peace strength and guidance in your hearts, minds and souls. I know that Sumer is an Angel. Even though we cannot understand why she was called so soon, God has plans for her and needed her to join the rest of the angels to carry on with the messengers and angels duties. I have only begun to read the many wonderful messages shared and get to know Sumer more from each and every one. I can see that you and your many relatives and friends have wonderful memories of Sumer. I feel greatful to have been able to share in some of her life as John always so proudly shared her many accomplishments and events while I was graced to be able work with him at Barcana and to meet you all, and your lovely Sumer. What a beautiful name. To hear her name always brought sunshine to my mind and day. I know it does the same for you. Take care of yourselves and may God Bless you and comfort you all at this great time of need.

  15. Sandy, I just wanted to pass on my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I worked with Simeon in Tahoe and just found out from our email. I will keep you and your family in my prayers for comfort. Sincerely, Angela Fair

  16. Dear Sandy, John, Dave, and Julie & Sumer’s entire family: Our prayers, thoughts, and condolences are with you all during this very difficult time. It sure is a special gift to have shared so many wonderful times with Sumer during her early childhood years. I cherish all the memories of playing with her, singing/dancing, and holding her in my arms. Her beautiful smile and caring personality had the ability to light up every room she walked into. Among Sumer’s many talents, it does not surprise me to learn her greatest passion was photography…I have fond memories of Sumer helping me take pictures at all the Embassy Suites’ employee gatherings and softball games when she was just three years old. Sumer touched so many lives and accomplished so much in her 20 years here on earth. She shared all her amazing gifts, talents, knowledge, and wonderful character traits with the world. Sumer is now in heaven with all the other angels and will live in our hearts forever. Until we meet again, we will miss you Sumer. With Deep Sympathy, Kerri, Glenn, Shane, Kevin Griffee

  17. Have started writing here about 100 times and can never seem to get past the first sentence. While I certainly didn’t know Sumer as well or as long as many of you, it didn’t take much to know how special she was. Sumer had an aura about her that was infectious. And if you know Sandy well, you just have to know that her children would be amazing. Sumer connected to the world in a way that few of us do. She inspires me to be a better person, to try to give more than I receive, to fully appreciate those that I love, to forgive, to find something special to be thankful for every day. She will live on in all of us, and the mark she has left on the world will far exceed that of most. Sandy, John, Kara, Dave – you are all such special people, and I believe she is with you every day. Much Love, Rebecca

  18. Dear John and Sandy and Dave and Julie, Please know we share in your sadness, but we remember so many good times. Through the years, we watched Sumer become a talented and accomplished young woman. We hope that you find comfort in the great moments of joy she brought into all of our lives. There is a famous quote that reads: There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots. The other is wings. You are amazing parents. You raised an incredible daughter. You let her fly when she was ready. Sumer’s choice to selflessly serve others should make you all very proud. We know her legacy will live on for many years to come. We will not forget her. With much love, George, Mara, Kate and Abby Hampton

  19. To all of Sumer’s family and friends, we extend our deepest sympathy to you for the loss of Sumer. Sandy, we remember when you joined Gina, Todd, and us in Chicago, and how you spoke of her with such pride and joy. Reading about what she had done in her short life was inspiring. You raised her well and she will always make you so proud. We pray for you in your grief, but know that Sumer is at peace with God. Although we sadly stand on the shore waving goodbye to her as she sails towards the horizon, she will turn and see on the other shore, our Lord, Jesus, and loved ones who have passed waving hello with excitement. Love, John, Melisa, Patrick and Garrett Devine

  20. “Wide like the sea – boundless like the sky That’s what we are – that’s what the soul is … The soul can’t be born And the soul can never die Flies always high Eternal and unbound Throughout space and time In the sound of a chime That’s what the soul is ….” Sumer’s soul lives on, omnipresent for those who loved her … sweet, fragrant, everlasting. May her family and friends find peace! Our thoughts are with all of you.

  21. Dave, this is just devastating. We just got your aweful news yesterday. Sandy, we’ve never met you, but we knew Sumer from our visit to the US and her visit with us here in the UK. Sumer was just a beautiful young lady with the world at her feet. This tragic accident is just heart-rending. Dave, Sandy, you have our deepest sympathy. Sumer, God rest your beautiful soul.

  22. Dave,Julie and Family, I wish I had met Sumer, but I know she was amazing. I know she had the courage and compassion of her father, whom I respect and admire a great deal. My best wishes for her family and for peaceful healing. Sincerely, Mike Tarnay, M.D.

  23. Like so many others of the extended “Embassy Suites” family, my memories of Sumer are from when she was 3 to 4 years old. I remember her at the hotel drawing, coloring and generally giving Clay Porter a well used excuse why he did not complete his work that day !! I think everyone had a hand drawn ‘Sumer Birthday Card’ hanging from their cubical. Even at that age she was a very special person. She had a way of brightening up any room on any day with her warmth and love. It does not surprise me that she continued to have a profound affect on those whom she touched. Sandy and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. Personal regards, Tony

  24. Sumer, I still feel your presents as the wind sweeps down on my face from the mountians that surround me. We miss you very much, we’ll see eachother agian someday soon, in God’s time. Watch over us all, your forever in our hearts. Uncle Bobby

  25. Hey lovely, Happy Birthday! I wish you were reborn today, so that maybe we could experience you all over again…maybe you are?! I hope so. You know, in Islam they say that there are 12 people in the world walking around, and those twelve, that special number, ARE you. I mean, I think it’s like, they don’t just look like you, but they ARE you, too. You know, I’d like to go on a search to meet them. Maybe they’d help me remember what you’re thinking…such a beautiful time, with all our friends finishing school and starting our lives, I know you’d be proud of all of us. We miss you. I miss you. I wish you were so much and I may die trying to remember what you would tell me to calm me down when it’s scary like this. But you are the joy of today and every day…I remember you, please don’t forget your friend PJ. She loves you so much. xoxoxoxoxo *mwah!*

  26. Sumer, Sweetie, I love you so much. Even though I only got to be around you for one year, in that short time you really touched my life. I will never, ever be able to forget your uplifting spirit, your constant smile, how you were always, always, always so sweet, so caring, so friendly with just absolutely everyone. Your heart was immense. Your soul so bright. You are an amazing human being who led each day teaching so much to the rest of us about the things that truly mattered in life. Thank you so much, Sumer, for all your kind words, your warm hugs, your helpful advice, your beaming smile. You really are a true angel. I love you. May you continue to always be blessed by the heavens, in the same way that you blessed not only my life with your presence but that of everyone else around you, sweetie. Much, much love, Flvia

  27. We loved Sumer. She was a gift to all of us. Blessings upon this extraordinary spirit. Sumer, you will be missed forever.

  28. I had the honor of coaching Sumer on the surf team at BMHS. She was a dedicated surfer and a joy to know. When she received her letter her senior year, she gave me a painting that she had done as a gift. It remains one of my most treasured possessions.

  29. Words cannot express the way i feel at this moment. The world has lost one of the most amazing, gifted, and beautiful people I have ever met. Sumer had a large impact on the lives of everyone she had known, myself included. Fortunately, I have many fond and treasured memories from the six short years that I was able to call her my friend. Sumer you will be missed but your memory and spirit will live on within us forever. All of my love, thoughts, and prayers to you and all of your friends and family during this time. Godspeed.

  30. Summer Ilove you and regret that we were not as close as we used to be in our younger years and I wish that there was a way to change it but all I can really do is make sure my daughter gets to know the family so that she doesn’t ever regret or not know all of our family…you’ll always be in our hearts and blessings….i love you all and miss you guys!!!!

  31. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Aunt Wilma

  32. While we didn’t have the chance to know Sumer, thanks to Manny and Rachel Alvarez, we’ve learned how much she contributed to her friends and family, as well as strangers. She was a wonderful and caring girl. We wish the family the best and our prayers are with them.

  33. 08212005 Sandra, I feel so bad, as you know I never met your family, but I know what a tremendous individual you are. My prayers to you and yours in your grief, this week I will say the scriptural rosary three times for you and your family. I know that A L, feels the same way, so if I may, he will be included also. Bless you, William McColgin (In case you have forgotten me, I am the old ugly guy that Woody hired from Harrah’s to work in Sacramento, back in 1991.

  34. Please accept my deepest sympathy as you go through this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  35. I am so very sorry for the passing from this life to the next of such a beloved daughter, sister, friend…. While I had never met Sumer, I felt that I knew her through Sharmila’s stories. I remember her telling me what a beautiful and talented young lady she was. I remember her telling me how close she and her mom were, and how hard it was going to be on Sandy when Sumer left for college so far away from home. I remember her telling me how proud Sandy was of Sumer. Always, the stories of Sumer were full of love for an extrodinary young woman. I know that Sumer will always be a part of the hearts, minds and spirits of those who loved her during her too brief time with us. While I can’t understand at all why something so tragic like this happens, I hold fast to the promise of the Lord that He exchanges life for death and that Sumer is now in His loving arms learning the secrets of all creation that we here on earth are still in mystery about. I pray you would feel the comfort of all of the prayers here in the Tri-State area (Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky) that are being offered up for you. God bless you and keep you in His care.

  36. Sandy, Shar forwarded me the news about Sumer and I wanted to let you know that my thougths and prayers are with you and your family.

  37. Sandy: My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May you find peace during this difficult time.

  38. I met Sumer as volunteer in India. We were both very excited about the opportunity to make the difference and contribution in people’s lifes. I feel so honored I have met her and spent time with her laughing, joking and talking. I cannot describe her in a better way than as a loving, compassionate and an intelligent young woman. I feel this lost very deeply in my heart. It gives me peace to know that she not only achieve her wish of making the difference, but she also touched our hearts and we will always remember her as one of our dearest friends. I will always have in my memory her smile and care for kids and women in rural India. I will always remember her as wonderful, positive and smart. I feel the lost of her family very deeply but Sumer spirit will always be with us. God bless your family and your spirit. Sumer you will always be in my heart. Eliana

  39. Sandy, I was so deeply pained to hear of your loss. I lost my brother last year while he was accompanying my father at my uncle’s funeral in Texas. I am so sorry. You all are in my prayers.

  40. Dear Sandy and Family… All of our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. Our Deepest Sympathies… The Team at Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Resort.

  41. In India this year, I got a glimpse of the incredible light Sumer has shared with the world in her life. May the peace of God be with you all during this tragic time.

  42. Dear Sandy, John & Kara, We were so sorry to hear about Sumer. You are all in our thoughts & prayers. Love, Rosie, Terry, Megan & Jack

  43. Sumer would light up the room when she entered and she made all of her family and friends so very proud of her. She is in our collective hearts for eternity and infinity. We send our love to enfold Sandy, John and Kara….vaya con Dios y amor

  44. DEAR DAVE & FAMILY AND SANDY& FAMILY, I LOVED SUMER VERY MUCH. SHE WAS MY LITTLE SISTER. I AM SO THANKFUL I HAVE ALL THESE GREAT AND FUN MEMORIES OF HER.WHEN SHE WALKED INTO ANY ROOM SHE WOULD LIGHT IT UP. I AM SO PROUND OF HER FOR ALL HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN HER YOUNG LIFE AND HER PASSION FOR HER MUSIC, ART.TO ALWAYS HELP ANYONE IN NEED. SUMER I WILL ALWAYS HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART FOR YOU. YOU ARE AMAZING!!! I LOVE AND WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH. CHEERS! LOVE JANINE

  45. I never knew Sumer, but I grew up knowing her grandfather Manny Alvarez, who worked closely with my father, Leo Wayne “Bud” Hargis. I visited Manny’s home and celebrated holidays with his family a number of times when I and his kids were young. Sumer sounds like a magnificent girl that gave hope to many and lent her smile to those in need. The world will be a sadder, lonelier place without her. I read her grandfather Manny’s words in the guestbook and cried for him, his family and Sumer. Although I have never lost a child, I lost my brother David last year; he was my only sibling. Until you lose someone close, you never “know” or understand the pain. I extend my heartfelt sympathies to Manny and all his family. Someday we will “see” our loved ones again…Love always,

  46. Dear Sandy, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful Sumer. I remember her as a little girl sitting in the back office doing her homework, she was your everything. My heart goes out to you and your family, and as a mother, my heart goes out to you. You are in my prayers. Courtney

  47. I am deeply saddened by your passing, you are so young to have that kind of a tragedy. Looking at your accomplishments I am so proud of you. Everything happens for a reason, I am sure Heavenly Father is waiting for you very proud with an open arms. My Condolences & sympathy to the immediate family.

  48. I cant even put into words how amazing Sumer was and how much she meant to me and everyone that knew her. She was one of the most amazing, caring, and gifted people i have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She was my favorite person to be around and i will never ever forget her. My thoughts and condolances go out to all of her family and friends. She was amazing.

  49. Dear Sir and Madam, I was one of the volunteers from India with Sumer in Samode. She was one of the best girls I knew, and a good friend. Please take care and stay strong.

  50. We met Sumer when she visited the UK with her family last year. Although we only shared a few hours with her, she made a lasting impression. We will remember her as a warm, caring young woman who was just beginning her adult life. Our hearts go out to her family and friends. We pray you find the strength to carry you through this awful time.

  51. if there is one thing i will always remember about sumer alvarez it’s that she would have done ANYTHING for anybody and she never said one bad thing about anyone. sumer had a kind heart. i have so many memories with sums that i will cherish always. i am going to miss you sumer.

  52. Sandy and family – words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. From what I know, there is no doubt that Sumer was a very special person who was and will continue to be loved by many. She touched the lives of many people through the work and activities she was involved with. I pray that it will bring you comfort in knowing that even though she was here on this earth for such a short time – the impact she had will live on within the hearts she touched. “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4

  53. ALL OF YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. OUR HEARTS ARE ACHING FOR YOU. IF THERE IS ANYTHING WE CAN DO PLEASE KNOW WE ARE THERE FOR YOU.

  54. I played soccer with Sumer at Bishop Montgomery and she always had a smile on her face. She was always helping others, and she was a pure joy to be around. She is an example of God working through others and I know that she will continue to guide and pass along her selfless nature.

  55. My first and oldest Grandchild, a treasure from the start. No words can convey how much she meant to us and how much she will be missed. Thank you god,for loaning her to us for 20 years. Her spirt and love will live within my soul and in my heart till the day I am called to some world beyond and hopefully then we will be reunited and I will be whole again.

  56. Your lovely Daughter’s smiling face really caught my attention in my local paper today. Such a young and vibrant young lady who had already contributed so much to this world in such a short time. Please accept my Condolences and blessings to the family at this sad time. My heart aches for each and every one of you. It has been three years now since my Son lost his High School sweetheart also a lovely young woman in an accident. It’s still so hard. Bless you all and my thoughts are with you. Sincerley, Laurel Ho

  57. Dear Sumer’s family, I didn’t know Sumer, but I was reading the S.G. Valley Trib and came across her picture in the notices. I usually don’t read them, but something about her smile hooked into me. Please accept my deepest sympathies. She was a joyous gift, and you are a lucky family to have had her as a daughter, sister, granddaughter. she seemed like an exceptional person. God Bless you and yours.

  58. Sandy and John, I am so sorry. I knew Sumer through your stories of pride and love. With Our Deepest Sympathy, Roy, Jean, and Kaelyn Choi

  59. Sumer was lucky to have such incredible family and friends to love, teach and inspire her. You are all responsible for the smile and caring spirit that I read about in this guestbook.

  60. I heard of your loss through an email. I just want to express my condolences to your family. I travelled in India for many years and was astonished at the lack of laws and ordinances to protect people. I took it for granted that all governments protect their people. I hope your outcry is heard and further incidents can be prevented. God bless your family, Nancy Pitts

  61. We remember Sumer as a little girl and always remember how proud her father was always of her. Several years have past since we have seen her, but just recently we saw her at my grandmother’s memorial and saw what a beautiful and talented young lady she had turned into. We were truly devastated for her parents and family when we heard about her passing.

  62. Our hearts are broken with yours. Sumer was such an extraordinary young woman, wise beyond her years. She has left a beautiful legacy of love. May God comfort you and bring you solace.

  63. Such sorrow, such a joy of a person. We pray that Sumers life and who she is will sustaine you. Words are not enough, know that Sumer is in the arms of God. He also holds each and every one of you, her loved ones, in His hands.

  64. My dearest Sandy, I love you like a sister. I am so sorry for what you are going through. Sumer was a beautiful gift from God and will be missed terribly. I remember when you brought baby Sumer to see me in Connecticut. I treasure those first pictures I took with Sumer. It was love at first sight! Every memory and photo since then shows her growing up into an amazing young woman. The girls and I will always remember those wonderful Christmas celebrations with you, Sumer and Kara in January or beyond. We love you all. Please feel my warm hugs Sandy until I can give you one in person. Love Kayla To John, Kara, Dave and all of Sumer’s family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sumer was a terrific person and we loved her.

  65. Sandy & John, my heart aches for the both of you for your loss. I know your faith will lead you through this very hard time. Sumer will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  66. To the family of “SUMER” my son Mark went to high school with Sumer and they attended the first formal dance together at Bishop Montgomery. She was the sweetest young lady I had the pleasure of getting to know with the close frienship my son held with her. Please except our heart felt love and prayers and know that “Sumer” will never been forgotten.

  67. I had the privilege of teaching Sumer at Bishop Montgomery not just once, but twice. She was a remarkable young woman and I was truly saddened to hear of her passing. I can still remember her smile which she so frequently showed the world. I always look forward to the times of the year when former students are likely to drop by – and Sumer would always come say hello and visit a while. I will miss hearing her stories of life after Bishop. I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to all of her family and friends in this most difficult time. Mrs. Cynthia (formerly Forsythe) DeLay

  68. Julie, Dave, Holly and Nick and all Sumers family and friends, Thinking of you every day, sumer was a beautiful person inside and out. She has touched the lives of many people and left special memories for all who knew her. We all share in your grief, strength in unity. God bless you sumer. Kath, John, Katie and Michael, Jenny and Reece.

  69. I got to know Sumer during my first year at Georgetown University. Although I did not take to Georgetown immediately, I found an irreplaceable friend in Sumer. Sumer’s smile, laughter, optimism, and bright, inquisitve nature always made me feel that Georgetown was the right place for me. She had an unconditional love whose absence will be deeply felt by me and by the Georgetown community. Georgetown suffers greatly in losing such a happy, talented, and beautiful person. I love you, Sumer.

  70. Unfortunately, I’m in Italy and wont be able to attend the services. So I placed a candle in the Tomb of St. Francis in her memory. Let His eternal spirit guide her on the rest of her journey. May she live on in our hearts and minds.

  71. Sumer lighted up the lives of everyone she met. I was her next-door neighbor and will always remember the sound of her in the morning, happily singing along to oldies. I feel so blessed that she was in my life. I am thinking about and praying for her close friends and family.

  72. I knew Sumer as an artist and as a friend. I lived with her on the same floor in our Georgetown dorm and every time she would show me a new piece of her artwork, I would discover a new part of her multi-faceted person. In Bulgaria, we say that you need to eat 1kg of salt with someone to get to know them, with Sumer, you just have to look at her art and rememeber her songs, she was that real and that approachable.

  73. You are in our prayers and thoughts, We know that Sumer could not have been more loved and more cherished

  74. Sumer was a true artist, and her art always served a purpose, whether to enlighten, entertain, or simply ask an important question. Her friendship helped many a Georgetown student through a rough day. I will miss her very much.

  75. Sandy, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Chauncey and Chris

  76. I never got the chance to meet Sumer – but have heard many stories about her – more recently in the form of an email from Sumer telling of her wonderful adventures in India and of how happy she was. It oozed with life – and everyone who has seen that same email has commented on how they too felt the happiness and excitement with which she wrote. It was inspirational – quite clearly a very special person – and to hear of this tragic accident is just terrible! Take solace in the knowledge that she will live on in the hearts and minds of many people – some, like myself, who never even met her – but who know how very special and loved she was. Rest easy, Sumer! x

  77. Dear Dave and Julie, Sandy and John, Words cannot convey my shock and sadness at hearing of Sumers passing. She was clearly a joy in your lives and a blessing to the world around her. Sadly, I knew her only in passing and through the stories told by a loving father. I cannot imagine your sorrow. It is unfortunately clich to say that Sumer is in a better place now. But what could be more true? Surely God has a plan for people he has blessed with the heart and abilities that Sumer shared with others. So, I choose to reflect on what a great life she lived, the loving family she was a part of and that she was called away while doing what she loved, helping those less fortunate than herself. Sounds like the perfect resume for an angel to me. May God bless Sumer and those left to carry on without her. With my most heartfelt condolences, Dick

  78. Sandy and Family, Our hearts go out to you and your family. Sumer sounds like such an incredible person who made so many people so very happy. We can see what a loss she will be. Please know that you are in our prayers and we are thinking of you. Fondly, Robert & Karina Woolley, Chrissie (Roche) Piekenbrock and Connie Stone

  79. valerie armstead williams (cassie’s mother) is a dear, long time friend of mine and she forwarded all the info to me about your daughter’s departure from us. i cannot imagine your loss, but i do pray that God will surround you with the best memories of her and keep you in His care. bonnie toatley

  80. Sandy and John, Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of Sumer. We will pray to almighty to provide courage to your family and may Sumer’s soul rest in peace.

  81. Sandy, Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of Sumer. What an incredible difference she made on the lives of the people around her. I am sincerely touched by the expressions of her friends and family. She was truly loved by many and an inspiration to all of them. Her dreams will always be kept alive by the love she gave.

  82. Sandy and family, Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family our hearts are heavy for your loss. Sumer has touched many lives and with everyone she has met and crossed paths she lives. Embassy Suites Santa Clara Staff

  83. Every time Sumer entered a room there was California sunshine, even in the snowy Washington D.C. winter. I feel so lucky to have lived near her last year and I will miss her very much. My deepest sympathy to all her family.

  84. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Sumer’s immediate and extended family – may God give you strength to cope with this terrible tragedy. Words cannot do justice to this beautiful & talented young woman who, rest assured, is now sitting comfortably next to our Father in heaven itself. God bless you Sumer. x

  85. Please accept my condolences on the passing of Sumer. In the time that I knew her, she was very kind, helpful, and dedicated, especially in community service (BMHS Key Club). May God help you in this time of sorrow. Sincerly, Peter Winfrey BMHS Class of 2005

  86. I wish I could have met Sumer and those who loved her under any other circumstances… However, it has been a privilege to be of service to such an incredible group of family and friends. Take good care – Anne.

  87. On behalf of Kathee Richards and myself and the staff of Embassy Suites Downey, we have you and your family in our prayers. Please know that we are here if there is anything that you need.

  88. I am very touched by what i read about Sumer. I am very sorry for what happened and my heart goes out to her parents and her brother and sister. As they mourn her, I hope her life will be celebrated for the love and happiness she brought to those who came in touch with her.

  89. Sandy, We are thinking of you at this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Paula, Maria, JC

  90. Dear Dave and family, Our hearts go out to you in this very difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May Sumer rest in peace.

  91. In the short year that I knew her, I was always struck by the brightness and humor that seemed to follow Sumer around. Those of us who knew her at school lament the fact that our time with her was cut so short and those that never met her missed out on knowing a very talented and caring human being.

  92. Sumer was a wonderful spirit, a creative student in theater, an artist and actress and theater group leader. We at Georgetown University will miss her greatly. My thoughts and prayers go to her family and friends. Karen Berman, Professor, GU

  93. Sandy, John, Dave, Kara and Alvarez/Murphy Family With heartfelt sympathies we wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you all. Sumer was a very special person with a heart of gold and will be deeply missed by those who had the privilage of knowing her. A Tribute to Sumer: The story goes that some time ago, a man punished his 3-year old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, this is for you, Daddy. He was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found the box was empty. He yelled at her, don’t you know when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside it? The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, Oh Daddy, its not empty, I blew kisses into the box. All for you, Daddy. The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged for her forgiveness. A terrible accident took the life of the child only a short time later and it is told that the man kept that gold box by his bed for many years, and whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there. In a very real sense, each of us as humans, have been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, friends or family. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold. Author Unknown Sumer has left you each a golden box. All our Love, Scott and Robert XXXOOO

  94. I knew Sumer as a beautiful girl through her aunt Janine. I wish I could have known the amazing woman that she became, I know I would have loved her. Since her funeral I think about her often and of course what your family must be going through. My thoughts are with all of you. A black and white photo of a toddler Sumer and her dad at the beach was at the funeral. That is how I remember her. Her legacy inspires me every day and I thank her for being a gift to the world. One that keeps giving back… Jennifer T. Marquez San Pedro, CA

  95. To Dave, Sandy, and their families: I am so saddened to hear about Sumer’s passing. I only remember her as a little girl and even then she was so full of life. She sounded like a wonderful young lady. I am thinking of you during this time of sorrow. Take care and God Bless. Love, Karen, Bob, and Ryan Dancey

  96. With our deepest sympathy on the tragic death of Sumer – we know so well how much she meant to all her family and friends. We join you in your grief at this terribly sad time.

  97. Dear Sandy and John; Dave and Julie … and to the Martinez, Alvarez, and Murphy Families ~ I think of Sumer, the precious child who filled our desks and refrigerators with all of her lovely artwork. That precious child, you all raised and nurtured, grew-up to become an amazing young woman. It is your special love that enabled her to translate her own love of art as a way to express herself and in turn contribute to the lives of others. She used her special gift to teach and inspire which has impacted the lives of so many people all of the world … Literally, all over the world! From her family and friends on the West Coast, to her special friends at Georgetown, and everywhere in between, to her extended family in the UK … and now the special gift of herself she leaves with the children and families in India. Sumer is pure love and her gift to all of us is her spirit and her inspiration which will remind us to put life into perspective and live each day to its fullest. This is her way to be able to be everywhere and keep an eye on us all! So, we need to all remember to look for her “winks” and to give thanks back to that special girl! With all my love, gina

  98. To the Parents of Sumer Alvarez, You probably have no idea who I am, but I went to high school and played soccer with your daughter. I was two years younger than Sumer and I looked up to her more than anyone will ever know. She always made me feel special, it was her gift. I will never forget her kindness and lively spirit. She always had that contagious smile on her face . The times we went to the beach and to breakfast together are etched into my memories and I will cherish them forever. We lost an incredible person that was going to change the world. Sumer has already done more in her 20 years of living than most people do in their whole lives. She was a great person and any who knew her were lucky and blessed. I feel that Sumer was a gift from God, and though she was taken away far too soon, she will be watching over all of us. You should be proud of the kind and beautiful daughter you have raised. I hope that in the future I can become more like Sumer. There is a poem that I will email to Sumer’s account which I think she would like you to hear. With love, Claire Sisson

  99. My best friend through my toughest years. Sumer was the most amazing woman i have ever met. She opened my eyes to many things i never though possible. There is not a day that goes by that she is not on my mind and in my heart. My prayers go out to you Sandy, Dave, John, and Julie. She was very blesesed to have such wonderfull parents like you. We lover her and will miss her greatly. In prayer, Jamie

  100. We are so saddened by the loss of dear Sumer, a beautiful young girl in the prime of life. We feel privileged to have known you Sumer. Our love and prayers are with all the family.

  101. There are simply no words to describe how unique Sumer is and how greatly she will be missed. I lived next door to her freshman year and I can still hear her playing those bongo drums at 4 AM. . .Sumer is one of the most easy-going, up-lifting, willing people I know. Her room never looked the same two days in a row. Bustling with creativity, Sumer and her roommate Lynn were always adding to their door, allowing those passing by to get a quick glimpse into their newest artistic creations. Walking into her room was like walking into a tropical gallery, a place where one could never get bored. Sumer joined my a cappella group, Harmony, briefly in the beginning of last year. Our group usually spends a long time debating who we will and will not accept but with Sumer there was no question. Her voice is powerful and soulful and her creative energy was felt by all the minute she started her audition song. In short, I feel blessed to have been friends with such a talented young woman. . .and I will never forget those bongo drums. . .

  102. To Sumer’s Family, I have never met Sumer, but I have just read about her tragic incident in the newspaper. I have just returned from India where I was also doing work with underpriveledged children. I would just like to tell her family that it takes a person with strenght and deep deep compassion to go to India and volunteer. May her family have peaceful healing. My sympathies and heart is with your family.

  103. Dave, In the weeks and months ahead if you Julie Holly or Nick need anything or any help please call. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Wogoman’s

  104. I am a good friend of Sumer’s Aunt Janine and I remember meeting Sumer as a little girl at her grandparent’s house in Covina. She always had a smile on her face and I know how much she was cherished by her whole family. Please accept my family’s deepest condolences and you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time.

  105. I’m not sure what to say, but I just felt so compleled to write because of the relationship I had with Sumer. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Alvarez family and all those that knew Sumer. I had the opportunity to run track with her and get to know her to the extent that I did, in casual before practice conversations, or on long bus rides home from track meets. I remember joking with her about her name by calling her Spring, Fall, or Winter, instead of Sumer(Summer), and how her smile could make room full of crying babies hush because of it’s warm calming nature when we would laugh. Although I didn’t know her as well as you all, I know she will be missed. Just hearing of her selfless acts in helping the underpriviledged, has inspired me in my own aspirations of life. I pray that God will shine a light on this dark moment and place a peace among all those affected by this tragedy. Sumer I’ll never forget your warm, shy, timid smile on the first day of track practice. You are missed…

  106. i went to school with your daughter at bishop and she always had a smile on her face. stay strong and be proud of the life she lived.

  107. Dave and Julie, My heartfelt sympathy to your entire family. Sumer put more into and got more out of these first years of her life than most people do in many many more years. I was looking forward to meeting her some day; I remember how proud you were when you told me what she was doing with her life. She certainly made her mark! John

  108. Sumer is an amazing and beautiful person that will never be forgotten. I thank the Lord for allowing me the chance to have been able to have known such a great person. I played volleyball with Sumer for two years in high school. I can still remember the past when the two of us paired up together sometimes to warm up before a volleyball game or for practice. She was such an awesome person. Sumer always had a smile on her face and was alwasy a great friend to everyone. I will miss you Sumer. To Sumer’s family, my heart and prayers are with you.

  109. Sumer was one of our best volunteers in India: her warmth and humor touched everyone she met. Her connection with the children was immediate. She lives in our thoughts every day.

  110. The Dave Alvarez family. Dearest Dave it is with profound sadness, utter shock and total disbelief to hear of the loss of your beatifull daughter Sumer. In a world of foreign tongues where very little english is spoken, Sumer’s gift for life, would have shone through like a star.You just know that Sumer’s happy smiling face would have lit the heart, mind and lives of all those people she went to help. It just shows you the sort of person Sumer was growing into. To give of herself, in her quest to help the needy. You must be truely proud of what she had achieved in so little time. As a father myself, it breaks my heart that you are all suffering the pain of this tragic loss. I can only hope and pray that in time you can draw strength in the knowledge that while Sumer was in India she was fulfilling a dream. We are thinking of you all in your hour of need. All of our love, Alan, Lynne, Natalie, Jessica and Jack.

  111. Sumer and I met in India and became close friends over the few weeks we knew each other. I will miss her very much as we planed to meet up later in the year in America. We shared a love of photography and talked about life and loves as well as making each other laugh.. Sumer was so sharp, witty and fun to be with; as all that know Sumer will understand. She will be missed by the children and families of Samode as well as volunteers and helpers from all over the world that shared precious moments with her. Sumer… I will remember you always. All my love Simon (UK)

  112. I met Sumer when she started at Georgetown. She was so energetic and full of life. One of the few people I ever saw riding a skateboard, much less a longboard, on campus. We worked together painting, learning, designing, and working on plays. I taught her a lot about how to paint and how the Georgetown play system works. I never once, in the two years that I knew her, saw Sumer frown. I never saw her angry. I don’t think she ever stopped smiling. When I was back at Georgetown last weekend, and heard that she had died, I was in shock for several days. My mind could not fully understand that she was no longer around. However, on Monday, in New York, it hit me, and I realized that I would not see Sumer again. I am filled with a profound sadness. Sumer is truly my first friend who has died. I know that she is happy somewhere, especially since she cared so much for other people. Mr. and Mrs. Alvarez, please accept my deepest condolences at this time, of your greatest loss.

  113. The news of your your terrible loss has been so painful to us but it is impossilbe to grasp the unimaginable depths of despair you must be in. Our prayers for a healing process that allows you to celebrate the joy she brought to your life and the positive effect she had on all. From our distance it is hard to be of any practical help, but know you are in thoughts, our prayers and in our tears. Much love, Debs & Bill

  114. To Sumer’s Family and Love Ones: I first met Sumer on move-in day for the Freshman at Georgetown in 2003. My daughter PJ (Penelope) was so excited to meet her because Sumer’s name was so COOL and she could speak Spanish with PJ. She was all we anticipated and more. My family enjoyed so many wonderful moments with Sumer as she became an adopted daughter. My 5 sisters all met her at our family gatherings. Sumer appreciated good food and good times. I was proud that she was known as “The Girl Riding the Long Board at Georgetown.” When PJ transferred to NYU I was sad to see her, Sumer, and Lynn part as room mates. However, Sumer and PJ still visited. We were SOOO happy to see Sumer in Palo Alto for our oldest daughter’s graduation events at Stanford this past June. She hung out with my 3 girls and sat next to my Dad at one of the dinners. I hope some of our pictures with her make it to the service. Thank you for reaching out to PJ when she visited Sumer’s California family. The world has been robbed of one the most beautiful-in-every-way spirits sent by God to our planet. Sumer gave and accomplished more than people twice, no, thrice her age. My heart goes out to all who mourn her tragic passing. I am sure there will be many little Sumers named in tribute to your shining star. Much love and sadness. Valerie Armstead and the Armstead & Williams Family.

  115. We heard through Bill & Debbie of your loss. We would like to add our condolences and will pray for stregth for your family. Laddie & Eleanor Pottorff

  116. We heard through Bill & Debbie of your loss. We would like to add our condolences and will pray for stregth for your family. Laddie & Eleanor Pottorff

  117. We heard through Bill & Debbie of your loss. We would like to add our condolences and will pray for stregth for your family. Laddie & Eleanor Pottorff

  118. I was delighted to meet Sumer at Georgetown when we worked on a theatre production together… It was so great to know someone who had such a sense of her own style. She never sported the popped collar worn by almost everyone at Georgetown, but instead had her own funky way of dressing complete with bright colors and unique accessories. She had a special way of talking, of transportation on her longboard… and most of all, she had an amazing way of inspiring others around her. The art she did for the show was incredible, but even more noteworthy was how her creativity streamed out from her bubbly personality. We will miss her.

  119. To Sandy and all of Sumer’s family, We are deeply saddened by the loss of such a beautiful and caring young lady. We know she is in a better place… for that we are sure. Though no person can fully comprehend your sorrow, please take comfort in knowing that everyone is there for you providing love, support and prayer in this time of transition. Please celebrate Sumer’s life, her laugh and her loves. To do so is to pay tribute to one of God’s special creations. She will always be with you and you with her. Someone once said that as parents we only raise our children, for they belong to the world. God Bless You and thank you for the beautiful child you gave to our world. In memory, Bill, Kathy, Kimberly and Jack

  120. Sumer shared her creativity and her wholehearted spirit for life with all of us at Georgetown for which we will always consider ourselves extremely lucky. She was an artist who embued everything in the smallest everyday moments at Mask and Bauble with such a sense of calm and harmony that I hope we all take with us.

  121. One of the most gracious helpfull and beutiful girl,s i met at Gerogetown. My daughter Sheena has lost a dear friend .She touched many lives in preciuos ways and will always live in our hearts

  122. Dear Sandy,John, Kara and all your family. I still think of Sumer, it was the perfect name for her. She was full of warmth and happiness and a huge heart.She is probably the most giving person I have ever been lucky enough to meet,it makes me feel humble. She did so much for others and ask so little. She truely was a gift. We are so sorry, we think about you all the time and pray for you all. All Our Love The Burns Family

  123. To Sandy and your family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter Sumer. What incredible and lasting contributions she made in her young life to so many people. She found many ways to serve others and in that, she found her happiness. How fortunate to have Sumer on this earth for 20 years and how fortunate that you are her parents. That parental love is eternal no matter where our children are. My most heartfelt sympathy from one parent to another. Susan Bixler

  124. Goodbye Sumer. Sometimes there are no words to comfort the loved ones you leave behind. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sandy. Donna & Staff

  125. Sandy and John, Francey and I extend our love and support as you search for answers and healing in your loss of Sumer. The moments we have to enjoy the treasures of our families are all too short and fleeting–but the memories we create stay with us forever. We know you have created loving memories–a happy child, a talented young lady, an example to youth of all the best in our world. Your legacy continues through Sumer’s life..and the lives she touhced and bettered for having passed by each of us. You are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. With much love, Francey and Steve Porter

  126. To Sumer’s Family: I am so sorry at your, and our, loss. Sumer was a warm, generous, and talented student who, in the spirit of the Gospels, not only let her light shine in the world, but illuminated that world. Those of us at Georgetown who taught her, and studied and lived with her, will always be brighter, in every sense, from her past and continued presence among us.

  127. Dave, I know their are no words at this time to take away the pain. Only your faith, family, friends and time can do that. I remember when we lived on Warmside ave.. You introduced me to Sumer for the first time back in 95. That must have been when she was 10 or 11 years of age. The only real memory I have of her is her beauty and her bright smile. Hang in there Dave, you’re in our thoughts and prayers. Vic R.

  128. I never knew Sumer, but I knew of her. I remember when she was born. I worked with her grandfather, Manny. He was crazy for her and often bragged about her, the way grandparents do. And no wonder–she certainly was a daughter and granddaughter to be proud of. What a blessing to have had her in your lives. My heart goes out to Sumer’s parents and all of her family members. God bless you all.

  129. Sandy, John and Kara, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. We will keep Sumer in our prayers.

  130. Sandy, You are such a beautiful, wonderful soul and I am so, so very sorry for your loss. Sandy, as you know, I didn’t see you guys much in recent years, however,I do remember when she was maybe 9 years old and you two would come over to my house with Gina. I would playfully play the “big mean man” and her big beautiful eyes would get as big as softballs. Do you remember that? Those big beautiful eyes are clear as day in my mind. It is obviously clear that Sumer grew into a beautiful, kind hearted, loving, sensitive Soul. Sandy you must be so proud of who Sumer grew up to be. I know that through the passing of Sumer, it has caused me to reflect on Who I am and Who I am to the world–falling far short of your daughter. Yet, it is through people like Sumer and her passing to really cause us to look at what is really important in life–making a difference in the world. I am grateful for Sumer’s gift to me. Sandy and John, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  131. I, too, wish to celebrate Sumer’s life. She was an amazing and beautiful girl with a smile that was infectious. I had the honor of teaching Sumer in the 5th grade when she wrote that extraordinary poem on Periwinkle. Even at that young age Sumer saw life in her own unique way. While the other children picked the standard colors of green, red, blue, or white, Sumer experienced life in a greater and deeper way. She was always reaching out beyond just the ordinary to express herself in our own unique and genuine style. Not a week went by in my classroom that Sumer did not contribute a “squiggle” that was always creative and unusual. She was an “out of the box” thinker way back then. I will miss you, Sumer, but I will see you again “sailing over clouds on eagle’s wings”…….

  132. Sandy, John, Dave, and Julie, I’m so sorry for your loss. In life Sumer was always my inspiration to be a better student. In the afterlife she has motivated me to restart service in the community. She was an amazing person and it’s an honor to have known someone like her in my lifetime. It was fantastic to see all the lives she touched. She will forever be in the minds and hearts of all that knew her and her ministry will live on through us.

  133. I too met Sumer while volunteering in India, but its amazing how a strong bond can be quickly formed through shared experiences in a new situation. Reading about all the lives she has touched has released the tears that I have been unable to shed out of disbelief. I witnessed her love for photography but now I know she was an actress and a painter and sang in Harmony and surfed and played soccer and played bongo drums … all in addition to her commitment to social service and her obvious intelligence. I remember Sumer talking about a photography project she wanted to do one day relating to women’s empowerment and I remember hoping she would be able to fulfill her dream. Please know that all of us who met her in India share your pain and sorrow and that you, her family, are always in our thoughts and prayers. We loved her smile and easy-going friendliness and love for adventure and fun. I will always remember her.

  134. I had the privilege of watching Sumer’s talent and light illuminate Georgetown’s theater as she designed the graphics and posters for “Still Life” this Spring. Sumer approached the task with dedication, artistry, openness and enormous creativity. She returned to the Vietnam Memorial time after time to take the perfect rubbing for her poster concept. As the director of the show, I was so thrilled to receive her contributions. She will be remembered and missed at Georgetown and beyond for her giving spirit, her laughter and joy, and her readiness to embrace the world with open arms.

  135. We hold your family in our hearts and prayers as you mourn the loss of your beautiful Sumer. May the Lord cover you with His love and give you His Peace. Charlotte & George Bonin

  136. We did not know Sumer, but heard through Simeon Miranda that she was deeply loved by his family. We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to the family and friends of Sumer.

  137. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep I am a thousand winds that blow I am the diamond glint on snow I am the sunLight on the ripened grain I am the gently falling autumn rain When you wake in the morning hush I am the swift upLighting rush of quiet birds in circling flight I am the soft starLight at night Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep

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