Ethel Hannum

Obituary of Ethel Hannum

Ethel "Kathie" Hannum (née Highley) died peacefully, with her children gathered around her, on December 26th in Pomona, NJ, at the age of 93. Ethel is survived by her children; daughter Maryella Hannum of Princeton, NJ; daughter Holly Ulland (née Hannum) of Folsom, NJ; son Harold Hannum Jr. of Galloway, NJ, and daughter Tricia McQuarrie (née Hannum) of Upper Township, NJ, as well as 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She is also affectionately known and loved as "Aunt Kathie" by many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold "Hap" T. Hannum Sr. of Linwood, NJ; and eldest daughter Constance Elaine Hannum of Linwood, NJ. Ethel was born on January 2nd, 1926 in Phillipsburg, Kansas to her father John W. Highley and mother Ella Highley. Ethel was the youngest of five children (siblings; John, Tom, Hazel, and Lucille). She attended school in a one room schoolhouse through the 8th grade, when she was then needed at home to help work the family farm after the passing of her father. She met Harold T. Hannum Sr. during WW II when he was stationed in Hayes, Kansas, prior to being stationed in Saipan. After the war Harold borrowed a friend's car and returned to Kansas in December of 1945 to marry Ethel. She then left Kansas and moved to Linwood, NJ with her husband. Over the course of fifteen years, the couple welcomed five children into their home, raising them alongside the extended Hannum family living in the Linwood, NJ area. Her children will remember her as a driven and determined mother who was strong willed when it came to meeting any obstacles that came her way, and tenacious in pressing forward throughout her life. Ethel was accomplished at many skills that seem unique today, such as cleaning the fish and ducks of the extended family when they hunted, and babysitting for friends to earn extra income to provide the special things her children needed, such as school graduation rings or sewing prom dresses. She was a dedicated homemaker who was focused on providing for the everyday needs of her family, cooking special meals and desserts that were the hallmarks of many family traditions. She was a witty person and loved to collect furniture, trinkets and memorabilia, such as humorous signs and sayings that lined the walls of her home. She was a longtime member of the Central United Methodist church of Linwood, NJ before moving to Vineland, NJ. She was also a member of the Republican Club, a local women's Ladies Auxiliary, the Women's League, and a monthly women's birthday club that connected her to her extended community in the Linwood, NJ area. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing and visitation at 10am followed by a service at 11am on January 2nd at Middleton-Stroble & Zale Funeral Home, 304 Shore Rd. Somers Point, NJ. Ethel will be laid to rest in Friends Central Cemetery in Linwood, NJ. Pastor Sean Griffith, a family friend, will officiate. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ethel's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Leukemia Foundation (or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) or to a charity of your choice.
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Thursday
2
January

Visitation at Funeral Home

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Middleton-Stroble & Zale Funeral Home
304 Shore Road
Somers Point, New Jersey, United States
Thursday
2
January

Funeral Service

11:00 am
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Middleton-Stroble & Zale Funeral Home
304 Shore Road
Somers Point, New Jersey, United States

Final Resting Place

Friends Central Cemetery
Shore Road & Central Avenue
Linwood, New Jersey, United States
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