THAYER — Bernice Umbarger, 92, of Thayer died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute.
She was born Oct. 29, 1919, in rural Parsons the daughter of James and Ida Mae (Schroder) Greenwood. She graduated from Parsons High School. She later graduated from Pittsburg State University with a teaching degree.
She was a fifth-grade teacher for 35 years in Chanute and Thayer.
She married Milo Irvin Umbarger on May 3, 1942, at Otterbein United Brethren in rural Parsons. He survives.
She was a member of the Grant Avenue Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher. She also was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the Friday Reading Club. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and family.
Other survivors include four sons, Ron Umbarger and his wife, Sylvia, of Chanute, Stan Umbarger and his wife, Jennie, Dwayne Umbarger and his wife, Toni, all of Thayer, and David Umbarger and his wife, Elaine, of Coffeyville; 12 grandchildren, Todd Umbarger, Chris Umbarger and his wife, Kim, Kurt Umbarger, Holly Miller, Matt Umbarger and his wife, Robin, all of Chanute, Daniel Umbarger and his wife, Tanya, of Thayer, Emily Lawrence and her husband, Scott, of Joplin, Alina Heater and her husband, Kyle, of Tyro, Alicia Johnson and her husband, Derek, of Kansas City, Kan., Amy Umbarger of Wichita, Clint Umbarger of Coffeyville and Jared Umbarger and his wife, Marissa, of Cleveland, Okla.; stepgrandchildren, Melissa Tarbet, Viki Brown and her husband, Tom, all of Chanute, and Michael Hartman and his wife, Carrie, of Thayer; 23 great-grandchildren; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; and two sisters, Cleo Carson of Erie and Dora Thompson of Mound Valley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, James Greenwood and Charles Greenwood; and two sisters, Mary Greenwood and Francis Lind.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Chanute. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel in Chanute.
Memorials may be made to the Kurt Umbarger Van Fund or Grant Avenue Baptist Church and may be left with the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left with www.PenwellGabelChanute.com.