Arlys Mumm

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Arlys Mumm
February 28, 1935 • November 26, 2019

Arlys Mumm, 84, died  Tuesday morning, November 26, 2019,  at the Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital in Montevideo, Minnesota. Visitation was held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Thursday, November 28, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson and continued from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m.  Interment followed the service at the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Horton Township.

Arlys LaPearl (Mitchell) Mumm was born February 28, 1935 in Rock Township, Pipestone County, Minnesota to Frank Evans Mitchell and Harriet Rachel (Cooley) Mitchell.  She was baptized October 2, 1938 at the First Presbyterian Church in Holland, Minnesota.  She attended rural District #7 for grade school and then attended the West Central Agriculture School and graduated from High School in 1952.  She was confirmed into Christian Faith May 28, 1953 at Horton, Zion Lutheran Church, rural congregation close to Hancock, that the Mumm families had attended for many years.

August 30, 1952, she was married to Walter Adolph Mumm and began their life together as a farm couple which became their life vocation.  They farmed for 39 years in Fairfield Township, Swift County and then moved to Montevideo where they continued to farm until 1992 when they retired.  They lived and worked in Las Vegas, NV for several years in the winter in a furniture store owned by their son.  They always returned to Minnesota for the summer until 2007 when they returned to live in Minnesota full time.  They lived in rural Montevideo, building a home on the farm to enjoy their retirement, traveling and spending time with family.

Arlys worked as a farm homemaker throughout her life and in her early years she was an active worker in the church filling roles as Sunday School teacher, VBS leader and 4-H leader.  She was also active in Women’s Guild, Altar Guild and Lutheran Women’s Missionary League at the various LCMS Churches that the couple were members of throughout their life together.  These included Horton Lutheran Church, Fairfield Lutheran Church of Swift County, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Montevideo, First Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Las Vegas, NV and St.  Mark’s Lutheran Church of Benson.  Arlys liked to garden and enjoyed the outdoors, camping and fishing.  She enjoyed quilting, scrapbooking, writing, reading and time with family. 

Together with her husband Walter, they raised six children, Jeffrey Walter born 1953, Jerry Allen, born 1956, John Merton born 1959, Kenneth Dean born 1962, Sandra Lynn born 1965 and Karalyn Kay, born 1972. She enjoyed farm life, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings: Adeline, Marjorie, Eleanor, Keith, Arlene, Eugene, Lois, Vernon and Sharon, her son Jerry Allen in 1995 and great granddaughter Hannah Golden in 2002. 

She is survived by her brother Leonard Mitchell of Sioux Falls, SD; husband Walter Mumm of Montevideo; son Jeff of Newport, son John of Hancock, son Ken of Cancun, Mexico, daughter Sandy of Minneapolis and daughter Karalyn of Reno, NV; 21 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren.

Arrangements were with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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