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Dora Jean Bumgarner

Dora Jean Bumgarner of Marietta, Ohio, died peacefully on the morning of May 9, 2024. Dora Jean was born in Cedarville, West Virginia, on September 4, 1937, the daughter of Harry and Irene Brannon. She graduated from Normantown High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from Glenville State College and a master’s degree and doctorate from West Virginia University (WVU). Additionally, she took courses at Ohio State University and Ohio University.

Dora Jean began teaching in Wood County, West Virginia. After five years there, she taught for a year at WVU during her Ph.D. home. She worked in Marietta City Schools from 1963 to 2001. She served as director of curriculum, director of federal programs, deputy superintendent from 1982 to 1992, and superintendent from 1992 to 2001. Dora Jean is the first and only female superintendent of the Marietta City Schools. Marietta City Schools. After retiring, she continued to work as interim superintendent from 2002 to 2018, where she worked in school systems such as Lancaster, Fort Frye (twice), East Liverpool, Frontier, Northern Local, Caldwell Local (twice), and New Lexington.

Additionally, she worked as a Title I consultant for the Ohio State Department of Education and for the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation in Cleveland. For many years, Dora Jean taught evening classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Department of Education at Marietta College and West Virginia University. She received the 1985 Outstanding School Administration Award from the Ohio Department of Education, the 1997 Outstanding Administrator Award from the Ohio Music Education Association, and the 2019 Differentiator Award from the Ohio Valley Educational Service Center. Dora Jean was especially proud to help start the Marietta City Schools Academic Excellence in Education Awards that continue annually.

Dora Jean married Robert L. Bumgarner on December 23, 1964 at the First Baptist Church in Marietta, Ohio and was happily married for over 59 years. She was the proud mother of her sons, Robert Brannon (Kim) of Upper Arlington, Ohio and Steven Gene (Heather) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her greatest pride was her two grandchildren, Caroline Elyse Bumgarner and William Steven Bumgarner of Winston-Salem.

Dora Jean was a member of Marietta Retired Teachers and a life member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association, as well as a life member of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA). She was a member of the Marietta Noon Rotary Club (1992-2003); AAUW; Delta Kappa Gamma in Marietta; Kappa Delta Pi in Parkersburg; Ambassador to the Marietta Chamber of Commerce (1985-1992); Marietta Chamber of Commerce (1992-2002); and the Marietta YMCA Board. Additionally, she served on the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Marietta Advisory Board; Marietta Board of Health and Artsbridge board member.

Dora Jean was a member of First Baptist Church in Marietta, Ohio for over 60 years, where she served as Sunday School Superintendent for many years, Trustee for 20 years, including serving as President and member of the Board of Christian Education. .

Dora Jean is survived by her brothers: John (Linda) Brannon of Normantown, WV and Joe (Izetta) Brannon of Cedarville, WV; her sister: Mary Greenlief of Weston, WV; her sisters-in-law: Sharon Brannon of Cedarville, WV, Sally West of South Charleston, WV and Mary Jane Bumgarner of Howard, Ohio; brother-in-law: Roger Williams of South Point, Ohio; and thirteen nieces and nephews.

Dora Jean was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Brannon; her sister, Dolores Williams; her sister-in-law, Donna Brannon; her brother-in-law, Larry Greenlief; her brother-in-law Tom West; and her brother-in-law, Ray Bumgarner.

The family would like to express a sincere thank you to Hospice under the direction of Dr. Kelli Cawley and a huge thank you to Comfort Keepers, particularly the caregivers, Amanda, Maria, Kayla, Natalie, Rebecca, Debbie and Natasha, as well as their friends Judy Wince. and Susan Strauss for their attention and visits respectively.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Marietta Community Foundation’s Bob & Dora Jean Bumgarner Scholarship Fund, a local hospice provider, or the American Cancer Society (as Dora Jean survived cancer for 37 years).

Visitation will be held at Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home at 408 Front Street in Marietta on Sunday, May 12 from 5 to 8 pm. A noon service will be held on Monday, May 13 at First Baptist Church in Marietta at 301 4th. Street. The family will greet visitors one hour prior to the service at First Baptist Church and a luncheon reception will immediately follow at the church. A graveside service will be held later that afternoon at 3:30 pm at the K of P Cemetery in Elizabeth, WV.

Cawley & Peoples is honored to serve Dora Jean’s family and offers online condolences, as well as many other resources, by visiting their website, www.CawleyandPeoples.com or following their Facebook page.