Barbara Ellen Gummo passed into eternity on April 26, 2018 at her home in Parowan, Utah two months before her 92nd birthday and one day before her 73rd wedding anniversary.

She was born on June 19, 1926 in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John Robert Mayes and Georgie Beck Milner of Mill Hall, Pennsylvania.

Barbara married Thomas A. Gummo on April 27, 1945, upon his return from naval aviation duty in the Pacific Theater of WW2.  Being the wife of a career military man provided her with the opportunity to live in Germany during the 1950s and four states in the western US.   After Thomas’ retirement from the Air Force, she lived in Pennsylvania and Southern California, retiring to Parowan, Utah in 1980.

Barbara was raised on a farm in Pennsylvania and had to perform the farm chores normal to living on a farm.  During WW2, when she was in High School, she worked at Sylvania in a special war production program for High School students.   In 1965, she applied for a job as a file clerk at the Lock Haven Hospital in Pennsylvania.   Due to a clerical error, she was hired as a medical secretary.  She taught herself the skills necessary to keep that job and eventually worked at Kaiser Permanente and Leisure World as a medical secretary in California.   While living in Pennsylvania she was a Greeter for the Welcome Wagon program. In Parowan, Barbara and Thomas were part owners of the local Laundromat, spending many hours doing the laundry for Brian Head businesses.  She and Tom were also part owners of the appliance store on Main Street.

In Parowan, she participated in local activities with the Parowan Lions Club, the Little Salt Lake Service Club, and writing for the Parowan newspaper.  She loved to crochet, and many an infant received a crocheted baby blanket she had made.  After giving up driving, she was a common site driving around Parowan on her electric scooter, visiting her friends and picking up her mail at the Post Office.

Barbara is survived by her husband Thomas and three children: Thomas L. Gummo of Apple Valley, CA, Joy Pierce of Cedar City, Utah and Allan C. Gummo of Parowan, Utah.  Four grandchildren and five great grandchildren will also miss her loving attention.


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