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Kathryn Lee Griffin Bumbalough

Bumbalough-Kathryn obit

Kathryn Lee Griffin Bumbalough, 54, of West Liberty, passed away at 6:03 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Clark County, Aug. 10, 1958, a daughter of Thomas Griffin of Utah, and Marilyn Curl Knorr and Emil Knorr.

On April 2, 1982, she married the love of her life, Lee Allen Bumbalough and he survives, along with her parents; her children, Tyler (Lyndsay) Bumbalough of Urbana and Heather Bumbalough of West Liberty. She also is survived by Matthew (Rachael) Lesko of Indiana; two brothers, Charles Griffin of Oklahoma and Fred (Sue) Knorr; two sisters, Louisa (Brett) Schaffer of Colorado and Susan Knorr; five nieces; and 13 nephews.

She was preceded in death by her stepsister, Kimberly Knorr.

She attained her bachelor of arts degree in mathematics in 1980 from Wittenberg University and her master of education degree in classroom teaching in 2000 from Urbana University. She was an assistant professor of education at Urbana University.

A Christian first, her values and joy for life were reflected in those she taught. Many lives were touched by her, including children at the Church of Christ, where she was a faithful member, and students from Springfield South, Urbana University and various tutoring sessions.

She was also a loving housewife and nurturing mother. She enjoyed baking, spending time outdoors and being healthy and active.

Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Sara Landess Room in the Student Union Hall at Urbana University. Minister Colin True officiates a funeral at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Grimes Gymnasium. Burial follows in Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kathryn Bumbalough Scholarship, Urbana University, 579 College Way, Urbana 43078.

Arrangements were handled by Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana, where condolences may be expressed at

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