Dorothy Lorain Bumsted
September 5, 1927 – June 8, 2018
Dorothy Lorain Bumsted passed away unexpectedly on the evening of Friday, June 8th, 2018 at 90 years of age. She was born on September 5th, 1927 in Morgantown, West Virginia. Early in her childhood, she and her family moved to Cleveland, where she spent the majority of her adolescence and teenage years, eventually graduating from John Hayes High School in 1945. One of her fondest memories was of visiting her grandmother’s farm in West Virginia every summer. She moved west to Los Angeles, California in 1947 to pursue her education and career in Early Childhood Education. It was there she met and married the love of her life, Ted Bumsted, in 1953, while working as a stenographer for North American Aviation’s Atomic Energy Research Department. She graduated from El Camino College with an Associate of Arts degree in 1956, and then went on to graduate from UCLA in 1959 with a Bachelor’s degree in General Elementary Education Curriculum. She was well-respected and loved as a teacher by her colleagues and students in several counties including Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Kings. After the birth of her first child, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, Dorothy became a strong advocate for equal educational opportunities for children with special needs in every location that she would reside. She devoted her life to the care of her eldest daughter, to ensure that she was properly attended to throughout her life. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund (Ted) Bumsted, who passed away in October of 1996. She is survived by her three children, Barbara, James, and Marjorie who will miss her dearly. In Lieu of flowers, the family would suggest that you make a small donation to the charity of your choosing.