Tallmadge – Margaret (Orr) Bumpas, 90, passed away Monday, October 10, 2016. Mrs. Bumpas (known to many as Mrs. B.), along with her late husband Herbert J. Bumpas, founded Bumpas Emporium and Drug.
Margaret was born April 30, 1926 and was a Tallmadge resident all of her life. She graduated from Tallmadge High School in 1944 and became an RN in 1947 through the Cadet Nursing Corp sponsored by the United States Government. This program was to encourage nurses to enter the profession during WWII. In 1948 she married Herb Bumpas after meeting him at Akron City Hospital, where she was a nurse and he was her patient.
In 1950 they opened Bumpas Drug & Emporium eventually becoming the largest independent drug store in Ohio and a destination stop on Ohio bus tours.
Margaret and Herb worked 24/7 always putting the customer first. In the 1970’s when they expanded their business to include a gift shop, ‘Mrs. B’ used her creativity and keen eye for merchandising to provide unique gifts and collectibles for her customers. Herb died in 1990, and Margaret operated the store until its closing in 1997.
She was a member of the Tallmadge Country Study Club, the Tallmadge Chamber of Commerce, Tallmadge Historical Society, and The Tallmadge Foundation. She was proud to be a participant in the Harvard Medical School Nurses Health Study, for over 40 years. This national study, is a pioneer in the study of women’s health. By combining the long medical and dietary histories of the participants, the collected data helps to identify possible causes of various illness and ways in which they may one day be prevented.
In 2003, Margaret was awarded a lifetime membership to the Chamber, and a tree was planted at the Chamber office with a plaque dedicated to the Bumpas family for outstanding service to the Chamber and community.
In 2006, she was chosen to be in the Tallmadge High School Alumni Hall of Fame. In her speech she stated “I feel like I’ve had a good and successful life and I am proud of all I’ve accomplished. My motto has been ‘It is what it is, deal with it’. Work hard, do what you think is right at the time and never look back. Those things and a sense of humor have gotten me through life!”
Margaret was proud of her 5 children whom she raised to be useful, self-sufficient citizens and to help others.
She is survived by her children Pat (Rich) Mahovich and Terry Bumpas of Tallmadge, Donna (John) Crider of Brentwood, TN, Scott (Kim) Bumpas of Knoxville TN, Sandy (Mike) Mendel of Sunnyvale CA; her grandchildren Chris, Nate (Holly) and Matt Mahovich, Lauren Miolaro, Adam, Joe (Katie) and Jake Crider, Mike, Steve (Sara) and Andrew Bumpas, Sarah (Jason) Tyler, Brandon, Julian and Bailey Mendel; great grandchildren, McKenzie Woody, Addilyn Tyler, Jocelyn Mahovich and Evan Crider, and sister Susan Schwarz of Sherman Oaks, CA. The family would like to especially thank Margaret’s niece, Lisa Penrod, for her friendship and support over the years, her homecare aides, Felicia Graham and Theresa Sanders, Dr. ,Deborah Plate and Akron General Visiting Nurse Service Hospice for the devotion to her quality of life, which allowed her to remain in her own home.
Friends may call at the Donovan Funeral Home, 17 Southwest Avenue, Tallmadge from 4-8pm on Friday, Oct. 14. Services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1:00 at the First Congregational Church of Tallmadge, 85 Heritage Drive. Burial at Tallmadge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials be made in her name to the First Congregational Church of Tallmadge, 85 Heritage Drive, Tallmadge or The Tallmadge Foundation, PO Box 62, Tallmadge.
“Find your niche in life – something that makes you happy. But be prepared for some hard work – in the end, it’s well worth the friends you make along the way.” Margaret Bumpas