Mavis E. Sommerlot

May 4, 2017
Mavis Somerlot obit


11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church: 505 Franklin St, Waterloo


4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Monday, May 8, at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel; and also one hour before the service at the church.


Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery


Directed to First Presbyterian Church, 505 Franklin St, Waterloo, IA 50703, or Covenant Foundation, Inc., 3421 W. 9th Street, Waterloo, IA 50702.


Mavis Elaine Sommerlot, 83, of Denver, died Thursday, May 4, 2017 at her home of natural causes.  She was born November 11, 1933 in Ft. Dodge the daughter of Milton and Eleanor (Willey) Shumway. On May 1, 1955 she married Wilfred D. “Bill” Sommerlot in Waterloo; he preceded her in death on February 14, 2005.

Mrs. Sommerlot graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1952 and from Evangelical School of Nursing in Marshalltown in 1955.  She worked as a R.N. at Marshalltown, Grundy Center, St. Francis and Covenant Hospitals in Waterloo where she retired in 1995 after working 25 years.  She was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Waterloo, serving as a Sunday school teacher, director of V.B.S, Deacon, and the women’s organization.

Survived by: one daughter, Cynthia (Hap) Spencer of Janesville; two sons, Loren (Layla) of Tripoli, Lynn (Denise) of Sleepy Hollow, IL; five grandchildren; one sister, Nathalie Lynch of Marshalltown and one brother, Dr. David Shumway of Florida.

 Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband and one brother-in-law, Floyd Lynch

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  1. Laurie Walker | May 10, 2017
    I worked with Mavis for several years at Covenant. I was a new nurse in 1989. Working beside Mavis took some fear out of bring new. What a gentle , caring and kind woman she was!!!! She always treated people with respect. Mavis made holidays special by decorating her unit. She made special days extra special by bringing treats,  constantly impressing staff with her culinary skills. Mavis was also calm in crisis , a go to person when you were unsure of how to do something. I loved working with her. She continued to be an advocate after retirement to friends and family offering her clinical opinion when asked. I think the measurement of a meaningful life is measured by the lives you have touched, the difference you have made in the lives of all you have touched and how much you will be missed. MAVIS SUCEEDED IN ALL OF THESE THINGS AND WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. I WILL FOREVER SMILE WHEN I THINK OF HER AND THE DIFFERENCE SHE MADE IN MINE.

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