Mary A. Mumford, 89

Mary A. Mumford, 89, of Selbyville, Del., passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at home. She was born Aug. 4, 1929, in Phoenixville, Pa., daughter of the late Jano Hasheian and Azniv (Manoogian) Hasheian.

She was a member of the AARP Chorus, of the Degree of Pocahontas in Selbyville and of Salem United Methodist Church, where she sang in the Salem Choir for 67 years. She was a classically trained soprano. She had the honor of singing at Delaware Day at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. She also sang for then-Vice President Richard Nixon in Selbyville for a celebration of Delaware U.S. Sen. Townsend. She also was the senior soloist for the First Church of Christ Scientist in Rehoboth Beach for 50 years.

In addition to her parents, Mumford was preceded in death by her husband, Edward B. Mumford, in 2004. She is survived by her children, Deborah M. Luber and her husband, Edward, of Rockville, Md., John Frank Mumford of Frankford, Del., and Marianna M. O’Neal and her husband, Craig, of Selbyville; five grandchildren, Marianna, Matthew and his wife, Samantha, Eli, Hannah and Grace; and a great-grandchild, Ella.

The family thanked her special caregivers, Sissy, Debbie, Dani and Tanny.

A funeral service was to be held March 12, 2019, at Salem United Methodist Church in Selbyville, Del., with the Rev. Dr. James Van Der Wall officiating. Burial was to be in Red Men’s Cemetery in Selbyville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Selbyville Public Library; P.O. Box 739; Selbyville, DE 19975, or to Red Men’s Cemetery; 69 Cemetery Rd.; Selbyville, DE 19975, or to VITAS Hospice; 100 Commerce Dr.; Newark, DE 19713. Condolences may be sent online at