Mary Margaret (Lannon) Mumford

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Mary Margaret (Lannon) Mumford, 88, formerly of Botkins, passed away peacefully at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 12, 2013, at Dorothy Love Retirement Center, Sidney.

She was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Green County, to the late James and Mary (Lemcke) Lannon. On June 7, 1944, she married her teenage sweetheart, Sidney Freeman Mumford, and they had 35 years (less 54 days) together before he passed away April 14, 1980.
Mary is survived by two children, Lois Kay Smith and Bill Shank, of Sidney, and Donald Wayne (Michele) Mumford, of Sidney; daughter-in law, Eileen Cunningham, of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; grandchildren, Cammie (Nick) Parrish, Chad (Jeanine) Cunningham, Robert Gilardi, Heather (Jeff) Pollard, Zachariah (Jami) Mumford; great-grandchildren, Luc, Clifton and Finnigan Parrish, Zac, Kylee and Emma Cunningham, Riley and Ethan Pollard, Lillian Rose, Isaiah James and Josephine Willia Mumford.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Francis (Butch) Mumford and Cliff Cunningham; four sisters, Irene Sheffer, Anna Trick, Dorothy Scott, Lucy Zerman; two brothers, Clifford Cunningham Sr. and Francis Cunningham.
Mary graduated from Bath School in Fairborn, formerly known as Osborn. She lived most of her life in Botkins. She worked for many years at Gerber's Food Center in Botkins, Pangles Master Market in Sidney and Stop 99 Fuel Desk in Anna, retiring from there in 2003 at 78 years young. She loved people and many who knew her there, still called her.
She was member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Botkins and a life member of VFW Post 4239 in Sidney. Mary loved doing her yard work and caring for her home as long as she was able. She loved to sew and never charged anyone for anything. It was a gift from God and she sewed with love. Many people received her gifts. Mary loved children. She had Cub Scout meetings when her boys were young. She taught neighborhood girls to cook and bake and take it home to share with their parents. They called her Grandma Mary. She enjoyed the ladies who came to her house to play cards. They were very special to her. She especially enjoyed her Christian friends from church. Her care givers, Jenny and Debbie, were very special, and she was very thankful to Dorothy Love Retirement Center and Wilson Care Hospice for her loving care.
Mary loved and respected the local police department, fire department, Steinke Garage and loved the town people, who, she said, were all heart. If one hurts, everyone hurts, and she prayed every day for everyone in her town. She loved her church and, most of all, she loved the Lord. She thanked him daily for all the blessings he has bestowed upon her. She looked forward to joining her Father God in heaven.
She told her friends not to cry when she passed away, to rejoice for her soul that was with her Savior.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. with viewing one hour prior to the service on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Botkins, with the Rev. Robert Carter, officiating. Internment will follow at Loramie Cemetery, Botkins.
Light refreshments will follow at St. Paul Lutheran Church immediately after internment.
Family and friends may call on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney.
Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, has been entrusted with all funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wilson Memorial Hospice, 1018 Fairington Drive, Sidney, and/or Dorothy Love Retirement Center, 3003 W. Cisco Road, Sidney, in Mary's memory.
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Published in Sidney Daily News on Sept. 13, 2013