Eugenia Hummel Intelligent, gracious, gentle, and capable are words used to describe Genee Hummel's life of service. An independent thinker, she spear-headed the acquisition of land on Tanque Verde for a permanent Girl Scout facility. A life time of volunteering locally and nationally, she played a pivotal role supporting her husband Don Hummel, former Mayor of Tucson and Asst Secretary of HUD under LBJ, as his advisor and confidante. A modest woman, she stayed behind the scenes never seeking recognition for her contributions. A voracious and prolific reader she read numerous newspapers daily, books and periodicals. "I don't remember ever having a conversation with her in which she was not already familiar with (the subject) from her extensive reading." A consummate hostess, she hosted dignitaries with ease and grace. Her focus always on how to contribute in a personal way, whether it be an encouraging word or a perceptive observation. Along with raising four children on health food in the 50s, she managed guest facilities in Lassen, Drakesbad, & Glacier, National Park, marveled at magnificence of nature, served Junior Women's League, performed in plays, wrote poetry, co-authored a book, a member of board of Christian Ministries in National Parks, and attended several Presidential inaugurations. She expressed on a number of occasions how lucky she had been to lead such a varied and interesting life full of opportunities greater than she could ever have dreamed possible. She had absolutely no regrets. We remember her most for her kindness, patience, and generosity. She is survived by daughters, Donna Bernard, Justifica Elua, and Charlene Casserley; eight grandchildren and her companion of 17 years, Sophia Yeatts; and predeceased by her son, Cliff; and husband, Don Hummel. She died peacefully in her home at 86 years on January 27, 2010. Mother we wish you happy hours painting new horizons. In lieu of flowers or donations, please spend time helping someone in need. Arrangements by BRING'S MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 236 S. Scott.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 21, 2010