2015-01-15 / Obituaries

Charlotte Ernestine Bumguardner

Charlotte Ernestine Bumguardner went home to be with her Lord and savior on

Dec. 22, 2014, peacefully with her family by her side.

Ernestine was born on Jan. 2, 1924 in New Mexico. She married Scott Bumguardner in July of 1943 in New Mexico. After Scott’s honorable discharge from the Army, Ernestine, Scott and their son Scott Jr. moved to California with Scott’s family. In 1946, they all settled in Mariposa.

Ernestine and Scott helped start the First Baptist Church of Mariposa. Their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren still attend there.

She and Scott were foster parents for 15 years, caring for 22 children during that time.

Ernestine helped Scott on the ranch riding and training horses, branding cattle, caring for the sheep and goats, along with cutting wood for themselves and for other people not able to get their own wood.

She was a very gracious hostess, always welcoming people to the ranch. Many times the First Baptist Church, 4-H, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies would be there for barbeques, hayrides, hay tunnels, games and horseback riding.

Ernestine was a very loving and caring wife, mom, grandma and great-grandma, always ready to give a hug. She loved to sew and make quilts for family and friends.

She was preceded in death by Scott, her husband of 67 years, on Dec. 25, 2010, and by her parents, one brother and her two sisters.

Ernestine is survived by one brother who lives in New Mexico, son Scott Jr., daughters and sons-in-law, Jeannie and Larry Roach of Mariposa and Donna and Lonnie Wass of Coarsegold. She is also survived by her grandchildren and their spouses, Scotty Shawn and Luvi Bumguardner of Washington, Lisa and Mark Woods, Cathy and Che Robbins, all of Mariposa, Pam Bumguardner-Chang of New Mexico, Charlotte and Ryan De Witt of Oakhurst and Nathan and Sabrina Wass of Mariposa. Her great-grandchildren who survive her include Brooke Robbins, Austin Robbins, Courtney Woods, Alana Bumguardner, Shea Bumguardner, Kymmalee Chang, Kelliana Chang, Lukas De Witt and her step-great-grandson D.J. Self.

There will be a memorial service at the First Baptist Church of Mariposa, 5005 Frank Wilson Rd., on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to the First Baptist Church building project fund.

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