Arlys Mumm, 84, died on Tuesday morning, November 26, 2019, at CCM Health, in Montevideo. Funeral services were held on Friday, November 29, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Benson. Interment was at the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Horton Township.
Arlys LaPearl (Mitchell) Mumm was born February 28, 1935, in Rock Township, Pipestone County, to Frank Evans Mitchell and Harriet Rachel (Cooley) Mitchell. She was baptized October 2, 1938, at the First Presbyterian Church in Holland. She attended rural District #7 for grade school and then attended the West Central Agriculture School and graduated from high school in 1952. She was confirmed into the Christian faith on May 28, 1953, at Horton Zion Lutheran Church, a rural congregation close to Hancock that the family had attended for many years.
On August 30, 1952, she was married to Walter Adolph Mumm and they began their life together as a farm couple which became their life vocation. They farmed for 39 years in Fairfield Township and then moved to Montevideo where they continued to farm until 1992 when they retired. They lived and worked in Las Vegas for several years in the winter in a furniture store owned by their son. They always returned to Minnesota for the summer until 2007 when they returned to live in Minnesota full-time. They lived in rural Montevideo, building a home on the farm to enjoy their retirement, traveling and spending time with family
Arlys worked as a farm homemaker throughout her life and in her early years she was an active worker in the church, filling roles as Sunday School teacher, VBS leader and 4-H leader. She was also active in Women's Guild, Altar Guild and Lutheran Women's Missionary League at the various LCMS churches that the couple were members of throughout their life together. These included Horton Lutheran Church, Fairfield Lutheran Church of Swift County, St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Montevideo, First Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Las Vegas and St. Mark's Lutheran Church of Benson. Arlys liked to garden and enjoyed the outdoors, camping and fishing. She enjoyed quilting, scrapbooking, writing, reading and time with family.
Together with her husband Walter, they raised six children; Jeffrey Walter born 1953, Jerry Allen born 1956, John Merton born 1959, Kenneth Dean born 1962, Sandra Lynn born 1965 and Karalyn Kay born 1972. Arlys enjoyed farm life, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Adeline, Marjorie, Eleanor, Keith, Arlene, Eugene, Lois, Vernon and Sharon; her son Jerry Alan in 1995, and great granddaughter Hannah Golden in 2002.
She is survived by her husband Walter Mumm of Montevideo; sons Jeff of Newport, John of Hancock, Ken of Cancun, Mexico; daughters Sandy of Minneapolis and Karalyn of Reno, Nevada; 21 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren; and brother Leonard Mitchell of Sioux Falls, SD.
Arrangements were with Zniewski Funeral Home.