Genevieve Dyar Brum

Obituary
  • "Genevieve was the most positive person I have known. ..."
    - Eldon Brum
  • "Thank you, Heidi, for sharing these special memories. Mom..."
    - Karla Crane
  • "Genevieve shared many gifts with her extended family. She..."
    - Heidi Brum
  • "Rest in peace."
    - Laura and Arlan Alumbaugh
  • "I love the picture of Mom in her sports t-shirt at Atria! ..."
    - Karla

Brum Genevieve Dyar Brum, passed from this life holding her son's hand and into the arms of her loving husband on July 23, 2014. Genevieve was born to Marie and Dwight Dyar of Marietta, Ohio, on May 1, 1918. She grew up on the Dyar farm with her two brothers, Roger and Robert. In spite of times of depression, Genevieve had a happy childhood and shared many happy memories of working in the apple orchard, swimming in the river, and adventuring on the hillside with her brothers. Throughout her life, Genevieve focused on the positive. In her 96 years, she overcame many hardships and losses but never lost her ability to savor the wonders that life had to offer. Genevieve graduated from Ohio University and began her teaching career with a class of 45 first graders in Little Hocking, Ohio. She met her husband, Herbert Duane Brum, while teaching first grade in Hilliard, Ohio, and they moved to Frankfort, Ohio, following their marriage in 1947. In spite of a growing family of four children and providing support to her aging parents in Marietta, Genevieve responded to the need for teachers by continuing to teach first grade both in Frankfort, Ohio, and later in Westerville, Ohio, where she closed out her career as a Title I reading teacher. In 45 years of teaching, Genevieve taught countless children to read through patience, creativity, and her ability to focus on each child's unique strengths. Genevieve is survived by her four children, Karla Brum Crane (Tom deceased), Roger Duane Brum (Deborah), Mark Dyar Brum (Ampa), and Michael Herbert Brum (Patricia); ten grandchildren, Benjamin Thomas Crane (Leah), Genevieve Marie Crane, Nathan Karl Crane (Jessica), Michael Christopher Brum, Matthew Robert Brum (Nicole), Varissa Praditsarn Brum, Sumarin Praditsarn Brum, Jessica Brum Fletcher (Jason), Sarah Brum Nelson (John), Lauren Brum Hosier (Robert); 12 great grandchildren, Mason Dyar Kruger, Ashton Scott Brum, Ashley Ryan Fletcher, Georgia Genevieve Crane, Alexis Grace Fletcher, Vivian Margeaux Crane, Madelyn Darlene Brum, Trisjin Michael Brum, Avery Ella Fletcher, Thomas Michael Crane, Charlotte Genevieve Nelson, Hyla Eleanor Crane. Genevieve was predeceased by her husband of 58 years Herbert Duane Brum, and her brothers Robert and Roger Dyar. After the death of her husband, Genevieve began exploring assistive living arrangements so she could maintain her independence while enjoying visits from friends and family. She spent the last five years living in Atria San Juan of San Juan Capistrano. She made many friends at Atria and was an active participant in social events as well as painting lessons and book club. She continued to be a gracious hostess to her family and friends during their frequent visits. The family wishes to thank the caring staff of Atria San Juan for the support they provided to Genevieve that allowed her to enjoy every day of her life there. Genevieve was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Westerville, Ohio. A memorial service is planned for October when all of the family can gather to celebrate her life. Those who wish to make a memorial contribution may do so in her name to the Scholarship Fund of the First Presbyterian Church of Westerville, Ohio, at 41 W. College Avenue, Westerville, Ohio 43081. Genevieve was an avid writer. She kept up with friends and family via letters and moved into modern technology beginning with her first Apple computer in the 80's. Her mind was always young and she savored learning new things. She loved facebook because of the connection to family and friends it made possible. A poem Genevieve wrote in the spring of 2013 at the age of 95 captures her spirit and love of life in her own words. Her body gave out but her spirit never did. My Favorite Age. My favorite age is NOW, No matter the day or the date it will always be. I've had a wonderful life. Married for nearly 60 years to the man of my dreams. While he is no longer physically here his love surrounds me still and always will. Awake or asleep, its mine to keep. How many children should we have? He asked when we had wed, I want plenty, how about 20? was my reply. Never dreaming our descendents could reach 27 by my 95th birthday. With 4 children we were blessed. The years sped by, you can guess the rest, The children left home, found mates and gave us 10 adorable grandchildren. Some lived far, some lived near but all are so very dear. As more years sped, the grandchildren wed and now we have 11 great with another to come soon. I love them all so very much. The best part is we can keep in touch. While their homes stretch from sea to sea, my computer brings news, videos, cute sayings and their pictures to me. So as each year brings new joys and hopes, My favorite age is NOW.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 29, 2014
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