With profound sadness, we announce the passing of our dearly loved mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, Mary Louisa (Pascoe) Schumars, 94, on August 15, 2022. She left us peacefully in her sleep in Greenville, South Carolina, surrounded by her family.
Mary was born in Detroit Michigan on December 28, 1927, to the late William F. and Lily O. Pascoe. She was the last surviving of five siblings, preceded by William “Bill”, Edward “Ed”, Eugene “Bud”, and Constance “Connie”. She was independent and adventurous, and even used the money from her first job as a telephone operator to buy a car and travel across the country, taking in all the sites and meeting celebrities! After spending years in Detroit, raising her family and working as an activities assistant at an assisted living facility, she moved to South Carolina, which held a special place in her heart from living there as a child during the Great Depression.
She was the beloved mother to Pamela (David) Florek, Barbara (Christopher) Meier, and Jeffery (Sandi) Schumars who loved nothing more than to visit and joke with her over a cup of tea. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren Stephanie and Alec Meier and Annaka and Jackson Schumars, each of whom had a special relationship with their “Grammy”. She is also survived by dear nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews who always wanted to hear about “Auntie’s” life and share everything going on with them.
Mary had many interests, including a great love of reading, the daily newspaper, and crossword puzzles, which kept her sharp. You could always find her in her room at the Windsor House, where she resided the last few years, drinking tea and completing a crossword puzzle or finishing a novel. She also loved fresh flowers, especially the flowers gifted to her for her birthday by her nieces each year, and fresh produce, specifically fresh tomatoes, and peaches (especially in peach ice cream made at a local farm). She was also a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church.
Her social life was very active, whether with the whole new group of caring friends in the residents, staff, and therapists at the Windsor House or at family holiday celebrations, like the yearly Thanksgiving extravaganzas or the joyful, funny family Christmas parties. One thing is for sure, no matter what social event or activity (from lunches in the Windsor House dining room to lively family parties), she never went anywhere without applying her Revlon Rum Raisin lipstick.
Her joyfulness, humor, and common sense were infectious and the impact she made on her family, friends, and anyone who was lucky enough to meet her is immeasurable. True to her spirit.
The celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1860 Reid School Road, Taylors, SC 29687.
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