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Bette Marie Bumgarner

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Bette Marie Bumgarner Resident of Pleasanton Bette, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend, died peacefully in her home on February 7th. Bette was born in Rock Island, Illinois. She graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and entered St. Vincent School of Nursing in Indianapolis. Upon graduation, she followed her parents Robert and Helen Sumner to Oakland, CA. In 1947, Bette began her nursing career at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Oakland. She would spend her entire 50 year career there, working in the ER, and as a hospital nursing supervisor eventually moving to the out-patient clinics. Bette married Norman Bumgarner in Oakland at St. Jarleths Catholic Church in 1952. They soon moved to San Leandro to start raising a family. In 1968, they moved to Pleasanton with their five children. Bette was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Helen Sumner, and also by her daughter Betsy Creedon. She is survived by her husband Norman, daughters Kathy Tuggle (Joe Ely), Deborah Overcash, Cindy Scholl (Kurt Taylor), son Norman Jr. all of Pleasanton, sister Lisa Sumner, and brothers Robert and Phillip Sumner of San Jose, 15 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. She had a loving and generous heart and will be greatly missed by all. Friends and family are invited to a funeral service on Thursday Feb. 13th, 3:00 pm, at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton. Bette will be laid to rest at a private burial at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette alongside her daughter Betsy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the or Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 12, 2014
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