Jamie Summers Howard, 46, of Simpsonville, SC passed away peacefully Tuesday May 8th after a short yet heroic battle with cancer.
She is survived by her husband, Chip, two sons, Dylan (15) and Hunter (12), her mother Dolly Summers, Aunts and Uncles David and Linda Pike and Jimmy and Odeline McDaniel of Tennessee, brother Greg Cox of Daytona Beach, FL, and her shadow, yorkie-poo Daisy.
She was preceded in death by her father Jim Summers, and brothers Tim and Jeff Cox.
Jamie was born in Chattanooga, TN, March 15th 1972 to Dolly and Jim Summers. She graduated from East Ridge High School in 1989, where she travelled the U.S. as part of dance troupes. She went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, as a member of Delta Zeta sorority, serving as Rush Chairman. After graduation and an initial stop at the Breakers Resort where she worked in Activities, she met and travelled north to New England with the Halpern family, and became a live-in nanny for their young family outside Boston. Jamie soon joined a fresh class of twenty-something eager professionals at MEDITECH, where she met a special group of friends, including her husband, Chip. They married in Massachusetts October 15, 2000, spending time in Dedham, Dorchester, and Attleboro MA, before moving back below the Mason-Dixon line to Port Orange, Florida and finally residing in the Greenville, SC area for the past 10 years. Jamie’s zest for building relationships and straight-talk with friends, co-workers, and her customers, catapulted her through various escalating project management, leadership, and executive roles over the next two decades, most recently as Chief Delivery Officer of Professional Services, MercuryGate International. She had a wonderlust for travel, taking personal and business trips to Mexico, Europe, Middle East, South America, and Asia. Her favorite place to be was with her family and (2) boys at their home away from home at Disney World strategizing the use of FastPasses to squeeze every ounce out of those Magical Days.
Her tenacious, fierce, loyal, and loving spirit will be celebrated with a Visitation on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and the Remembrance Service on Saturday, May 19th at 4:00 p.m., both at Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes Southeast Chapel at 1604 NE Main St. in Simpsonville, SC.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to her boys’ college fund at Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan https://prod.ebilling.com/tf/eBill/contributionOnlineConfirmCodeEntry?cz=80105031808190800&UID=45360&sessionClient=columbiasouthcarolina&navigation=online&invitationCode=SCfxRZA or by check at P.O. Box 8036, Boston, MA 02266-8036 *Notate the Occasion Code: SCfxRZA on the check; or donate to your preferred cancer charity.
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