Delores “Dolly” Elaine (Harrom) Bumann was born at home west of Center to Chris and Marion (Halvorsen) Harrom on May 31, 1936. She attended country schools which led her to becoming the star pitcher for the Lindy baseball team. She attended Crofton High School, where she won the Babe Ruth Sportsmanship Award and graduated as valedictorian of her class.
Dolly had her first date with the love of her life, James Bumann, on December 31, 1954, and by March 6, 1955, they were united in marriage at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. This union was blessed with three children and sixty-one years of wedded bliss.
Dolly was a hard worker. She was always employed outside of the farm. She worked at Burbridge and Burbridge, Knox County Famers Mutual Insurance Company, and Mr. B’s to name a few.
When Dolly was home, she was working alongside her husband. Whether it be fencing, haying, or a multitude of other tasks a farmer’s wife may find herself volunteered for on any given day. She was very proud of the cattle herd and their ranch at the Devil’s Nest that she helped her husband acquire and maintain.
Still, Dolly found time for cooking fabulous meals, doing the daily crossword, reading an Agatha Christie or Stephen King book, and cared for others. She was fiercely protective of her family and a great role model for independent women.
Dolly was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Milford and Robert; a sister, Marceline; and her husband, James.
She is survived by her son, Brian (Marcia) Bumann of Bloomfield; daughters, Linda Swails (Mark Kirby) of Bloomfield and Jami (Bill) Kearney of Wausa; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.