Obituary of Lianne Kelley Bump
Lianne Kelley was born March 30, 1950, at her parent’s home located in Wilmington, Ohio.
There would be three girls in the home, and their mother did not want to give them middle names because she wanted them to become married and use their maiden name for a middle name. That winter the snow was so high it nearly covered the house! Her father’s name was Norman Wilmer Kelley, and his brother, Bob, could give answers to math problems six digits across and six digits down, just by looking at them! Lianne’s mother’s name was Myrle Virgene (Boring) Kelley.
Lianne received salvation at an early age and always tried to put spiritual things first. In 1958 her parents moved to Xenia, Ohio, so that their three daughters could attend the Bible school at Maple Corner church. She and her younger sister would ride their bicycles seven miles each way to school. She learned to play hymns on the piano, organ and accordion, and always enjoyed singing. She had a strong voice and generally sang the low alto part, or bass if it was in a lady's quartet. She may have received her love for music from her grandmother, Josephine Boring, who was a professional pianist and played for silent movies for many years.
In 1971, her father passed away from pneumonia. In 1974, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Peoples Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado and was elected treasurer of her graduating class. That fall her mother passed away, so she moved to Alliance, Ohio, to live with Inez Lefever. She learned a lot of lessons about self-discipline from her godmother, and thus was enabled to receive her experience of sanctification. When she received it one evening in the trailer home, she jumped and jumped while Grandma Lefever shouted with her! Through the years since then she would occasionally shout and run down the church aisle just as her mother used to do. Before she was married, she cleaned homes and ironed clothes. She would sew her own clothes, but making clothes was not her favorite pastime.
The fall of 1978, Joseph Irvin Bump mailed her a letter. She thought he had been watching her at Tollesboro, Kentucky camp in July, but he had been advised to not contact her until after camp. He came to visit her for Thanksgiving weekend, and all he had for Thanksgiving dinner on the plane was some peanuts. Consequently, peanuts held a special meaning in the years following. On Valentine's in February, Joseph again came for a few days, and he drove her out to the old dam on Guilford Lake where he first showed her photos of his parents at the very same old dam thirty-one years prior when they became engaged at the same spot! After viewing the photos, Joseph and Lianne walked through the snow to the dam, a special conversation took place, and a big hug produced extra heat in the frigid air. Joseph had written a special address for the occasion following the format of the Gettysburg Address. After this, he drove her to New Philadelphia where his three Brown cousins had fixed a celebration meal followed by asking Joseph to read the address which caused everyone to nearly split with laughter!
Lianne loved cats, and had a beautiful white Persian cat that was struck by a car the morning of her wedding on May 4, 1979 (Joseph’s father’s birthday). She didn’t hear about it until after the wedding when Joseph explained to her that he would be her tomcat. They left that evening to honeymoon in a log cabin on the Clarion River in Cook Forest, Pennsylvania. While here they walked through the cathedral-like virgin hemlock trees to Indian Springs where the green moss carpet was punctuated with blooming trilliums. They also took a canoe ride and a raft ride on the river. Returning to Alliance, they packed Lianne’s furniture into the camper van Joseph had purchased from his parents that had a bubble top. Then they began the journey to her new home in the Pacific Northwest. On the way they visited her relatives in southwest Ohio, and his relatives in Colorado.
Lianne enjoyed the fire in the Franklin stove at their home in Newman Lake, Washington. That summer Lianne was asked to teach at Hayden Lake, Idaho, for the winter. So, they packed up again, and moved up onto the Rimrock where they were surrounded by a pine forest complete with deer, coyotes, drumming grouse, orchids, etcetera. She enjoyed teaching Spanish among other subjects.
The next summer they moved to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. Then Lianne began nine months of morning sickness culminating in Eunice Lianne coming to live with them on March 1, 1981. That fall they moved to Pine Haven, a sixty-three-acre property back in Newman Lake bordering Idaho on the north side of Trent Avenue. Here they enjoyed a fantastic country view across Spokane Valley to the mountains on the other side. The Amtrak passenger train skirted the property. There were many wildlife visitors to this sprawling home with its fireplace that took up the whole wall in the living room. The home has now been replaced with a housing development.
In November 1982, she became unconscious from a tubal pregnancy and nearly perished. Surgery gave her a future and enough strength to receive her Thanksgiving dinner through intravenous. In the fall of 1983, they moved back up on the Rimrock again, into the parsonage because Joseph began preaching. Lianne was nearly bed-fast for months before her last child, Irvin Joseph, arrived on August 3, 1984. She never fully recovered from the emotional effects of these months.
In 1986 the family moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to put the children in a Bible school. Here she began thirteen years of licensed Childcare - “Toddle Time”—in her home. She enjoyed children very much and sometimes cared for as many as five at one time that were not yet potty trained.
Every evening when her own children were growing up, she would read a bedtime story to them even though she was always very tired. She also enjoyed making special desserts for her husband until he had to go on a diet! Later Lianne and Joseph became financially separated so that she would be able to obtain better medical care. In February 2011, she left her door ajar one evening and was lying on her bed. Suddenly she saw two paws on the edge of her bed, and then the face of a raccoon! When she became Grandmother, she again was thrilled with the joy of caring for new lives and felt that her grandchildren were very special to her. She loved nature and was a volunteer docent at Bear Creek Nature Center for a while. She also was a volunteer helping to direct visitors and deliver mail to the patients at Memorial Hospital.
Different times Lianne mentioned to some of us that she felt she was ready for heaven. On November 17, 2020, she moved to the assisted living Winfield House at Myron Stratton Home. Near the end of 2022, she moved to Solange at Apple Tree assisted living. In February 2023, Lianne had her final struggle with dementia on February 17th at the age of 72 when she flew to a better world.
She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Suellen; and a nephew, Lester William Bump.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph Bump; sister, Faylynn; a half-sister, Connie; daughter, Eunice Lianne Knight; son, Irvin Joseph (Tiffany) Bump; six grandchildren, Austyn, Kenton, Kendra, Charlestyn, Londyn and Britayn; five nieces, four nephews; many great nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Thank you, Lianne, for your love!
“Those we love remain with us,
For love itself lives on,
And cherished memories never fade
Because a loved one’s gone;
Those we love can never be
More than a thought apart;
For as long as there is memory,
They’ll live on in the heart.”
Memorial Service, 10:30AM, Thursday, June 8, 2023, The Springs Funeral Services, 3115 East Platte Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909.
Inurnment, June 13, 2023, Rose Hill Cemetery Newfield, New Jersey, by Reverend William Cawman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Compassion International at www.Compassion.com (select "ways to donate" tab) or write "In memory of Lianne Bump for unsponsored children fund."
PO Box 65000 Colorado Springs, Colorado 80921.