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Mary Lucille Drumm

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Drumm, Mary Lucille (Daugherty)
89, of Sun Lakes, AZ, passed away peacefully at home on Dec 3, surrounded by her family. She was a beloved wife and mother, caring grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and mother-in-law, and loving gentle soul. She was born on May 25, 1923, in St. Louis, MO, to Fount and Magnolia Daugherty. She studied elementary education at University of Missouri, where she was a member of Alpha Nu chapter of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and where she met her future husband, Ernest W. Drumm, who was a WWII soldier stationed nearby. They were married in Minneapolis, MN on Nov 19, 1944, and subsequently settled in Dayton, OH, where they raised three children. Mary completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Dayton and had a long, rewarding career as a primary school teacher. After she and Ernie retired, they moved in 1987 to Sun Lakes. Mary was a life-long lover of classical music and an accomplished pianist. She continued that love by putting in many volunteer hours at the Chandler Center for the Arts. She was an avid reader, especially of mysteries, reading five to six books each week. She was always looking for another recipe to add to her collection of thousands, and she delighted in sharing both the recipes and the finished results with her friends and relatives. She was a member of Eastern Star, and along with her daughter, a member of the Beta Omega Beta Alumna Group of Alpha Chi Omega in Phoenix. She loved cats and was devoted to her pets, including her last kitty Pumpkin, whom she missed greatly. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and by her son, Douglas Alan Drumm. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Ernest Warren Drumm, and by her two remaining children, David Warren Drumm (Ann) of Marlborough MA, and Mary Frances Sikora (Brad Choate) of Tempe, AZ. She also leaves her nephew Paul Motts, niece Greta Motts Birkby, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed. A visitation will be held from 2-4 pm on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Sun Lakes Chapel Center, 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes, AZ. Donations may be made to Chandler Center for the Arts or the Arizona Humane Society.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 7, 2012
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