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Beverly R. Little

March 21, 1946 - November 6, 2018

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Wapakoneta, Ohio
Beverly R. (Mumford) Little, 72, of Wapakoneta, formerly of Zanesville and Lima, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 9:15 AM, at the Gardens Wapakoneta after a long battle with heart failure, which she bravely fought over the years.

Beverly is survived by her husband of 50 years, David Little (Zanesville), their beloved and wonderful son, Joshua Little (Wapakoneta), his loving, special, wife Amy (Stover) Little, and three sensational grandchildren, Madeline (9), Gabriel (7), and Charlie (4). Additionally, she is survived by her sister-in-law Laura Mumford of Dresden, who was deeply dedicated to Jack, Beverly’s brother, her brother-in law Richard (Vickie) Little of Clarkston, Michigan, and their two sons’ families, and brother-in-law Bill Little of Columbus and his two sons.

She was welcomed and embraced by her stepmother, Mary E. Mumford of Zanesville, brothers and sisters, Jeff Mumford (Mary Lou) of Crooksville, Cindy Robinson of Newark, Indy Mumford (Buster Durant) of Zanesville, Matt Mumford (Cheryl) of New Lexington, Jody La Sheele (Mike) of Zanesville, Mark Mumford (Mindy) of Roseville, and Troy Mumford (Lisa) of the family farm in Roseville.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Kier Mumford, her younger brother John “Jack” Mumford, her close role models and admired grandparents, Victor J. Keir and Hazel Babcock Keir.

Beverly was a highly respected school teacher, first at Wapakoneta City Schools at Blume High School and then for over 25 years at Shawnee Local Schools. At Shawnee she coached girls’ gymnastics and helped with other sports. Upon arrival in Lima, Ohio, in 1968 she collaborated with the Lima YWCA in the development of local high school swim teams in area high schools. These efforts expanded into local swim teams at area swim clubs and the Lima YMCA.

When her heart condition, cardiomyopathy, was diagnosed in 1995, she had to end her teaching career under disability. This did not prevent her from remaining active in swimming and gymnastics. She participated in local swimming activities in both Lima and Zanesville, Ohio.

She became an outstanding official at all levels in high school, YMCA, NCAA, and USA swimming. She officiated numerous state tournaments for gymnastics and swimming and diving. She was heavily involved in the development of the Western Ohio Aquatic Swim League (WOAL) and proudly represented Orchard Hill Swim Club for many years in that organization. She worked with other leaders of the swimming community to grow more parents and their children into the sport. She swam in both competitive and synchronized swimming for a year at The Ohio State University.

Beverly attended Wittenberg College for one year; then she migrated to The Ohio State University. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University.

Her athletic, teaching and coaching success resulted in her being selected and admitted to the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Hall of Fame for swimming and diving and gymnastics officiating in 2012.

Beverly was also involved in community activities in Zanesville. She felt honored to be invited to join the valued group of super friends in their bridge club and their other related endeavors.

As her mother, who diligently, lovingly, and wisely, raised Beverly and Jack, frequently said: Beverly never met a stranger, thus her many friends, acquaintances, and colleagues. Additionally, she was a life-long and proud Democrat. Starting in the Woody Hayes era, she quick became a rabid life-long Ohio State football fan.

A Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM at CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL HOMES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Western Ohio Aquatic League (WOAL).


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