Dorothea Mumford

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Mumford, Dorothea
Dorothea Greene Mumford (Horton) died peacefully on November 18th at her retirement home at the Carmel Valley Manor in Carmel, California. She was 95 and is survived by her sister, Ann Updike of El Paso, Texas, and by two of her 3 children, Letitia Vollenweider of Zurich, Switzerland, and Chris Mumford of Mill Valley, California. "Beps," as she was known to family and friends, was born in Milwaukee on May 19, 1918, the oldest of four children of Howard T. Greene and Elsie W. Goetz. She grew up near her family's Brookhill Dairy farm in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin, attended high school at Milwaukee-Downer Seminary, was a member of Smith College's class of 1940, and went to work immediately in Chicago where she met her future husband, Milton C. Mumford. Beps and Milt were married in March, 1942, and lived in Washington, DC until the end of the War. They then resided in Evanston, Illinois and briefly in New York City before moving to Darien, Connecticut in 1951, where they lived for 31 years and raised their family. When Milt retired in 1982 after an early career with Marshall Field and later as Chairman of Lever Brothers and a director of numerous organizations - including Crown Zellerbach, Consolidated Edison, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York - they moved to their second home in Pebble Beach, California, and 12 years later to the Carmel Valley Manor, where Milt had also served as a director. Milt passed away in 1996, and Beps was married again in March 1998 to her fellow Manor resident and widower, Lyman G. Horton. They had 9 wonderful years together - hiking, traveling, summering in Oregon, visiting with Beps' and Lyman's children and grandchildren, and seeing the arrival of 3 great grandchildren - before Lyman's passing at age 93. Beps was an active supporter of the Monterey Peninsula Community Hospital, the Hospice Foundation, the Monterey Symphony, the Monterey and Carmel Community Foundations, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The family requests that any remembrances should be made in her honor to one of those organizations.

Published in Connecticut Post on Nov. 20, 2013