Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
March 19, 2013 11:06 am EDT


VENICE, Fla. — Esther Pharis Scurfield Mumma died suddenly March 11, 2013, in Venice, Fla. A memorial service was held March 16, 2013, at the Venice Presbyterian Church in Venice, Fla., where she lived at the time of her death.

Esther was born May 17, 1927, in Mount Vernon, Ohio, daughter of Fred and Jessie Pharis. She was graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1945. She was married in 1948 to Dr. J. Burton Scurfield and was a resident of Harrisburg, Pa., until his death in 1992. She became a permanent resident of her beloved Venice, thereafter and in 1996, married Warren M. Mumma, who preceded her in death in 2007.

Esther is survived by her children, Thomas B. Scurfield of Matthews, N.C., George H. Scurfield of Lewisburg, Pa., and Jaqueline S. Paulsen of Hanover, N.H.; four grandchildren, Grace, Burton, Martin, and Kate; her sister, Catherine Pharis Kadey Kearns of Ashland, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

Esther was an active member of the Women’s Club of Pinebrook South Venice as treasurer, and a member of the Venice Presbyterian Church. Esther’s great passion was her sewing and embroidery work, and she attended many craft shows, but enjoyed chatting with the people she met more than selling her wares. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

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