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Mary Elizabeth (Bumpus) Crider

March 10, 1925 ~ August 16, 2018 (age 93)

Mary Elizabeth Crider (née Bumpus) of Lake Mary, Florida, died at her Oakmonte Village home, on August 16, 2018, at the age of 93. 


Mary, nicknamed Betty, is survived by her daughter Twanna Soifer and son-in-law Terry Soifer of Sanford, FL; her two grandsons, Matthew Soifer of Brooklyn, NY and Andrew Soifer of Sanford FL; and her two great-grand daughters, Hannah and Evelyn Soifer, also of Brooklyn, NY.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles L. Crider of Mt. Vernon, IL; her parents Harry and Viola Bumpus of Mt. Vernon, IL, and her two brothers, Delbert and Dwight Bumpus of Mt. Vernon, IL.  


Betty was born March 10, 1925, in Mt. Vernon, IL, and was a graduate of Mt. Vernon Township High School.  She remained in Mt. Vernon, working in a clothing store and a bank until the end of WWII, when she married Charles (Chuck) Crider on August 18, 1945.  Shortly thereafter, when Chuck left the Merchant Marines and was drafted into the Army, they moved to Aberdeen, Maryland where he was stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground for the remainder of his enlistment.  Twanna, their only child, was born in 1948. 


After a short return to Mt. Vernon, they moved back to the Aberdeen area where they remained until their final move to River Ranch, FL in 2004.  During her time in Maryland, Betty worked at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Civilian Personnel and eventually became the head administrative assistant for the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for the Department of the Army.  She retired from CID and became an active volunteer at Havre-de-Grace Memorial Hospital.  After moving to Florida, she was also a member of the River Ranch Chapel in River Ranch, FL.  In addition to shopping, she enjoyed traveling in their motor home and loved spending the summers at their cabin on Broad Creek in Maryland.   


She will be remembered for her sense of humor and practical jokes, her great cooking, her love of Christmas, and her good luck at the slot machines.  She was dearly loved by her family and returned their love many times over.  She was especially proud of her grandsons and was delighted to be a great-grandmother. 


The family will be receiving friends on August 21st from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens Chapel in Woodlawn, IL with the funeral immediately following.   The Rev. Gary W. Arnold will be officiating.  Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate Betty’s life.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her hospice provider, Vitas Community Connections, 2201 Lucien Way, Suite 100, Maitland, FL 32751. For more information about Vitas or to donate online in memory of Betty, go to http://vitascommunityconnection.org/community-connection/donate. 

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