Mary E. Green Bumstead
Mary E. Green Bumstead
Mary E. Green Bumstead, 101, wife of the late Augustine Drummond Bumstead, passed away July 18, 2012 at Village on the Isle, Venice, Florida, Mary’s home from 1998.
Mary was born on April 21, 1911, in Sunbury to Vatchel Metcalf Green and Mona Whetsel Green of Walnut Hill Farm. Mary attended Sunbury High School and graduated from Ohio Northern University with a degree in education in 1931.
Mary Green married Augustine (Gus) Bumstead in 1936. They were happily married for 31 years, residing in Oakwood in Dayton until Gus’ death in 1967.
Mary was preceded in death by her daughter Rebecca Bumstead Gorman in 1998.
Mary is survived by her daughter Victoria Bumstead of New York City, son-in-law Francis Gorman of Attleboro and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and her extended family, the Underwoods — Anne, Charles, Edward and families.
For 100 years, Mary Bumstead celebrated with love, joy, zest, and a positive attitude every person and day in her life through teaching, Peace Corps, volunteering, and fun adventures.
• Teaching: Mary’s lifelong commitment to teaching began in her hometown as a first grade teacher at Sunbury Elementary for five years. After moving to Dayton, Mary taught first grade at Harman Elementary in Oakwood for 22 years.
• Honor: Mary Bumstead was elected to the Education Hall of Honor, Oakwood, Ohio, by students for the wonderful difference her teaching and caring attitude made in their lives. A student wrote: “Mrs. Bumstead created a first grade full of joy, discovery and creativity.”
• Peace Corps: At the age of 67, widowed, Mary fulfilled a goal to join the Peace Corps, serving as a reading specialist for two years in Liberia, West Africa. She lived in a mud and brick hut. In her classroom, 15 students had to share one pencil. When Mary returned to the United States, she gave 150 lectures on her Peace Corps service, donating lecture fees to the Liberian school for books and pencils. Mary’s best gift: a picture of her Liberian class with each student holding their own pencil.
• Award: Certificate of Appreciation to Mary Bumstead from the Ministry of Education in Liberia for her meritorious teaching services.
• Volunteering: Mary had an unstoppable enthusiasm for helping others, including through: Literacy Volunteers of America, Venice Florida Chapter. Mary taught English to people studying to become U.S. citizens. A family she helped, parents and daughter, are now successful U.S. citizens and attended Mary’s 100th birthday party as honored guests.
ZetaTau Alpha Venice Florida, Division of National Sorority. Mary participated in many Zeta charitable projects and spearheaded collecting stamps for “Food Around the World”.
Award: ZTA Outstanding Alumnae Award “in recognition of Mary Bumstead’s work as an educator and her significant contributions in overcoming illiteracy in the world.”
• Adventures: Mary led not only a life of service, but of adventure. In her 80’s and 90’s, after her Africa assignment, Mary took up parachute jumping, scuba diving, jet-skiing, hot-air ballooning and enjoyed her 1972 “muscle car” Cutlass convertible.
Funeral Services for Mary will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 30, at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at 61, Sunbury, with Pastor Brian Smith officiating.
Interment will follow in the Sunbury Memorial Park.
Condolences may be expressed at < www.snyderfuneralhomes.com >.
Donations in Mary Bumstead’s honor are welcome to the following:
Ohio Northern University, Advancement Office, 525 South Main Street, Ada, Ohio 45810
Village on the Isle, Advancement Office, 920 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, Florida 34285