Beatrice "Betty" Evelyn (Blose) Mumau was born in Blose Hollow (near Wilgus, Pa.) on July 13, 1917.
She grew up with 11 siblings and regaled friends and family her whole life with magical tales of goings-on and family reunions — especially the famous Blose Reunion — in the Hollow.
Living to the ripe age of 95, Betty would often wistfully remark, "I am the last leaf on the tree.”
She was married in 1936 to Robert J. Mumau, who preceded her in death in 1984.
Four of her five children survive: Murray Mumau of Punxsutawney, Pa. Robert Mumau, Jr. of East Run, Pa.; JoBeth Myers of Purchase Line, Pa.; and Judy Wanchisn of East Run, Pa.
Son Gary "Giggles" Mumau sadly died in 2007.
This delightful woman leaves behind a whopping tally: 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She remembered to send birthday cards to all of them as recently as last year and when jokingly pressed to pick a favorite grandchild, she would wink and say, "Why, I have a lot of favorites."
She worked as a custodian at IUP and Marion Center School District to give her children higher education, gratefully retiring in 1973.
Soon after, she giddily traveled the U.S. with her sisters, June, Mildred, Marie and Lucy and her favorite cousins. She has the salt and pepper shakers to prove it.
A treasured fixture in the East Run community, Betty was best known for her generosity and humanism to all.
She fretted about the plight of others and was always sending "little wee" checks to do-gooding organizations — particularly those working to end hate, intolerance and bigotry. Betty was a proud and informed Democrat.
Always flashing a winsome smile, she was famous for doling out "jelly pieces" on homemade bread, dishing out unconditional love and for letting her grandchildren wreck her house as long as they "red up" afterward.
Hopeless at cooking, she enjoyed nothing better than working in her "posie beds," reading classic novels, attending family parties and reunions, visiting over coffee, sharing family photographs and partaking in wiener roasts.
Throughout her long life, her character remained incredibly rare and uncomplicated, and she did request that "no fuss" be made for her final arrangements.
Viewings will take place at the Rairigh Funeral Home, Ltd. in Hillsdale on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
An additional viewing will take place at the East Mahoning Baptist Church in East Run from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by a remembrance service from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the East Mahoning Baptist Church Ladies Aid, 693 Sebring Road, Marion Center, Pa. 15759 or to your favorite charity would be graciously accepted.
Her family is very grateful to AseraCare Hospice.
It pains us dearly to say goodbye, and the hole this treasured woman has left in all our hearts is bittersweet and permanent.