Laura P. Bump

June 15, 1936 ‒ December 14, 2017

Delaware, Ohio

Laura P. Bump 81 of Delaware passed away Thursday evening December 14, 2017 at Willow Brook Christian Village.

She was born June 15, 1936 in Shaker Heights, Ohio the oldest child of three to the late Stanley & Cornelia (King) Pierce.

Laura earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, and later her master’s degree in Psychology and Social Work from Kent State University. She worked as a middle education teacher in the Cleveland area, before making her way to Delaware with her husband Richard. She worked as health and physical education teacher, coach, and mentor for 50 years with a school in Bedford, Ohio and Ohio Wesleyan University.

Laura had a passion for sports, coaching; softball, basketball, volleyball, and field hockey. She enjoyed attending the “Little Brown Jug” race every year, and looked forward to the opening day of baseball season for the Cleveland Indians. Laura fought hard for the equality of women’s sports,   her greatest accomplishment was bringing the women’s golf program to Ohio Wesleyan University, which is still going to this day. Laura was an avid and very skilled golfer. Her greatest “links” accomplishment was acing the 13th hole at Mill Creek Golf Club in Ostrander, OH, home of Ben Curtis, 2003 Open Champion. The “Laura Bump Invitational Golf Tournament-for NCAA women’s division III, is played every April at Mill Creek Golf Course  with over 15 regional teams competing, in honor of the work and dedication that Laura put into the sport.

Other involvements include being a member of Daughters of American Revolution, a member of OHSAA, an official for the NCAA, she volunteered at the free store in Delaware, assisted with the crop walk put on by Asbury Methodist Church, and volunteered for the Marysville Meals on Wheels program for over 28 years.

Survivors include sister Martha (Steven) Harris; good friend Donna M. Stusek

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Bump in 2006, brother William Pierce.

Reverend Philip Wilden will officiate a funeral service 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the Snyder – Rodman Funeral Center 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015. Family and friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Delaware.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed towards the Alzheimer’s Association. Central Ohio Chapter, 1379 Dublin Rd., Columbus OH 43215.

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  • Ms. Bump was the ‘gym teacher’ at Moody Jr. High in Ohio. She recognized and nurtured a part of me that was yet undiscovered. I had athletic ability. What an amazing awareness in the early 60s. Though she could never have known, she changed my awareness and thus my life. May she rest In Peace.

  • I often think of her–as Laura Bump was an inspiration to me. She was my teacher at Bedford High School. I am a college educator because of her. Several years ago—I wrote to let her know what an impact she had on my life. I am so glad I was able to do that. I know that brought her joy. Seek those who have impacted your life and let them know before it is too late. Rest in peace.

  • I spent many hours watching Ms. Bump interacting with the lady Bearcat teams at Bedford High School from 1961-1966. Her smile was infectious. She truly touched the ladies and men of Bedford and I am sure is remembered by many. Rest in Peace Ms. B JOB WELL DONE!

    Skip Bohrer\Class of 66

  • Mrs. Bump was my gym teacher at Bedford High and was a great leader and mentor. She was always patient with me and believed in her students. I am impressed with her lifetime accomplishments and feel fortunate to have known her. I was blessed with a great education at Bedford High and am thankful for a great foundation. Because of dedicated educators like Mrs. Bump, I obtained my B.S. and M.B.A. Thank you Mrs. Bump!

  • RIP MS. BUMP, had you when I was in Moody Jr were always smiling and tough as nails when needed. Thanks for your guidance

  • I’ve thought of Mrs. Bump often over the years. She and I shared a wry sense of humor and she put up with me, even though I was among the lousiest gym students in the history of the Bedford school system. My condolences to Martha and Donna.

  • Mrs. Bump was my gym teacher at Moody Jr. High and again at Bedford High School. She was and always will be my favorite teacher. She encouraged me in ways that I didn’t even know she was doing it at the time. I even called her about 20 years ago and spoke to her over the phone. She was the only teacher I had that called me ‘Annie’ and it was like a good friend calling me that instead of a teacher. God Bless her and ‘Thanks again’ Mrs. Bump for helping me be the person I am.
    Ann (Mantkowski) Frost Class of 1968! (Physical Education Award thanks to Mrs. Bump!

  • There was a crew of us gym leaders from Bedford High who Laura Bump trained and guided us into being great athletes. She was our gym teacher from the 7th to the 12 th grade. She was a great role model and mentor.
    I owe much of my athletic development to her.
    Sally Parrino DeAngelo

  • Mrs. Bump was a mentor and good friend to me at Moody Jr. and then Bedford High School from ’63-’67. I was a gym leader for 12 classes per week and loved every minute that I could lead gym classes in whatever the program was for that day. She was a great, dedicated coach for the various athletic teams I was on throughout high school, always encouraging us young women to excel in sports. I didn’t know then of her many contributions to the community, but it makes total sense. I was in 9th grade… I was alone in the locker room after leading a gym class when the news of the Kennedy assassination came over the loudspeaker system. She was in her office and I went in to her. Her head was in her hands but she when she saw me there she invited me to sit and talk. She retained her kind, professional demeanor throughout our conversation, offering safety for a very confused and shocked student at what was the most traumatic point in American history. I am bonded through time with Mrs. Bump for the calming support she gave me at that time; all the while she must have been traumatized herself. She had tears in her eyes when I left the office. Rest in Peace, Mrs. Bump. You are the definition of what a great teacher is.

  • Mrs. Bump…Wow what a super teacher!! She was so inspiring! I had her at Moody Jr. High and at the high school. In jr. high she was the one who always checked to see if your skirt was too shor t by having you kneel down to see if it touched the floor. She was so nice and encouraging. I remember she let me sit gym class out because I was so sick. I had just come in to take exams and she let me sit in the gym office with my head down. That was the ONLY gym class I ever missed the entire time I had her. Such compassion. Bless you Mrs. Bump, you were the best!!

    Gloria Dombos-Hering

  • I have many good memories of her at Moody Jr High. One of them was paddling me for being caught with gum after many many warnings. Great lady and she hit hard!

  • Hey classes of 69-70…does anyone remember the “walking” soccer game we had??? I do. It was the final game for the Junior/Senior championship. Both teams were slamming their kicks into everyone’s legs. Lots of bruises. Suddenly, Mrs. Bump stopped the game. She said we would play it the next day. What a surprise she had for all of us. She went through the rules and then added that we were only allowed to walk to the ball, no running at all. She solved the problem of anyone getting seriously hurt by a kick. I can’t remember which team won but……it was a lesson/game well taught and remembered. She did what was best for sportsmanship. 3 cheers for Mrs. Bump. Yea! Yea! Yea! I hope some of you that played in that game remember it and will give a shout out to her up in heaven.

  • RIP Coach. You were an amazing coach, I learned so much from you, not just about the sports, but about life! You were always about making your players better women-thank you! Thoughts & prayers to your family
    Barb “joz” ’73

  • The iconic Laura Bump has influenced so many with her wisdom and compassion.
    I was fortunate to be a gym leader at Moody, and a Letter girl at BHS, so the relationship and mentoring was long term. The list of other condolences here, brings back lots of memories of good times with Mrs. B. How many HPE teachers and coaches are out there because of her? Mrs.Bump was a great teacher. Thank you for being part of my life. Rest in peace. You earned your wings on earth.

    Marsha (Mraz) Wilson, BHS ’70