Mary Lum

Mary Lum, our beloved mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, went to be with our Lord on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at 88 years old. Mary was born on October 22, 1935, to Otis Johnson and Mary Maddox Johnson in Midway, TX. She was a faithful and loving mother.

As an ordained minister, she enjoyed spreading the word of Jesus and ministering to those in nursing homes. Mary worked as a postal worker for many years. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing but was also known as a Swiss Army knife, as she could do it all. The Lord granted her wish of calling her home on the day she was born to spend her birthday with her loved ones who had gone before her.

Mary is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard Ray Lum, and her son, Richard “Rick” Ronald Lum. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving children, Theresa Cain, Gloria Cain and husband Raymond, and John Michael Lum and wife Carroll; sisters, Elizabeth Ferguson, Carrie Fay Woodard, and Ocie Loving; eleven grandchildren, thirty-one great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren; along with numerous other loving family and treasured friends.

A visitation will be held at Neal Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.. A service of remembrance will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at 10:00 at Cornerstone Church of Cleveland. 

Honoring Mary as pallbearers will be Keenan Lum, David Wilson, Bill W. Johnson Jr., Stephen Johnson, James Cain, James Siedel, and Daniel Hearn.

All services are being handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home.

“Strength and honor are her clothing, and she shall rejoice in time to come…Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
Proverbs 31: 25, 28

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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