Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
November 8, 2011 11:59 am EST


MOUNT GILEAD — Sandra Lou Stump, 72, of Mount Gilead, was carried into Heaven by her Lord and Savior on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 6, 2011, at The Laurels of Mount Vernon, surrounded by her loving family following an extended illness.

On March 13, 1939, Sandra was born in Morrow County, the daughter of the late James and Naomi (Wheeler) Wiseman. When she was only 3 years old, her parents and their family separated, and Sandra was then adopted and welcomed into the family of Grace (Zeger) and Harry Hildebrand. She was raised in the Johnsville area, and graduated from Johnsville High School in the Class of 1957.

Shortly after graduation, Sandra married the love of her life, James R. Stump, on July 11, 1958, at the North Woodbury Lutheran Church. Together they shared over 54 wonderful years of marriage and lovingly raised four children.

In addition to being a caring homemaker, Sandra worked as a nurse’s aid at the Morrow Manor Nursing Home in Chesterville for over 18 years. The first person she cared for there, was her foster mother, Grace.

A woman of deep faith, Sandra was a devoted and active member of the At His Feet Christian Center in Mount Gilead, where she “truly loved her church family and friends.” She also felt blessed to teach Sunday School to the youngest of the youth at the church, all of whom she cherished.

With a love for music, Sandra enjoyed singing and playing the piano at home with her children, when she could get them to cooperate.

Known for her “charisma,” Sandra loved to joke around and tease her family and friends.

Having a competitive streak in her, Sandra loved playing Uno as a family. Also, when she was younger she enjoyed playing euchre with Raymond and Gladis Holtrey and bowling.

Most important of all to Sandra, was her family. She was always there for her children and grandchildren, and enjoyed every moment of their sporting events and school activities. Whenever they needed someone to talk to, they knew they could turn to Sandra who was a “great listener.” Nevertheless, you could also count on her sharing her opinions and an appropriate Bible verse with you.

She will be dearly missed by her husband, Jim Stump of Mount Gilead; four children, Jimmy Stump of North Carolina, Michael (April) Stump, William (Gretchen) Stump, both of Mount Vernon, and Trina (Thomas) Wiseley of South Carolina; 15 grandchildren, James Michael, Kurt and Amber Stump, Donnie Fuller, Timmy Hensley, Brant Horn, Hannah, Nate, Leevi and William Kyle Stump, Nick and Ashley Schofield, and Brooklyn, Colten and Dawson Wiseley; a great-grandson and great-granddaughter; two sisters, Jacqueline Bird of Fredericktown, Cora Winter of North Judson, Ind.; an adopted sister, Margaret Lewis of Mansfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her parents and adopted parents, Sandra was preceded in death by her brothers, Kenneth, Marshall and Jimmy Wiseman; sisters, Grace Pollock, Ruth Staley, Estella Mullins and Charleen Sinclair; three adopted brothers, Trent, Harold and Dale Hildebrand; and an adopted sister, Irene Tischer.

The Stump family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring her life will also be held there on Thursday at 10 a.m., with Pastor Art Wooddell officiating. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery in Johnsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the At His Feet Christian Center, 257 Lee St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to have been chosen to serve Sandra’s family, and condolences may be expressed to them online by visiting

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