The Passing of Grace Eleanor Bump

Williams staff and faculty,

We just learned the sad news that retired assistant supervisor in Facilities Grace Bump passed away on Tuesday, July 16, at Williamstown Commons. She was 97.

A North Adams native, she attended local schools and worked at the former Cornish Wire factory (now Cable Mills) in Williamstown and was a cook for renowned American composer Cole Porter before she joined the staff at Williams in 1965. She worked at the college until her retirement in 1986.

Grace is remembered for her love of travel and camping with her family, including her husband of 52 years, Stanley Bump, and daughters Bonnie, Martha Gurney, and Eugenie Daniels. Her many interests and hobbies included watching movies, dancing, reading mystery novels, solving puzzles, knitting and crocheting, playing cards and board games, and birds watching. Those who knew her best recall her talents in the kitchen, especially her homemade fudge, and her love for preparing Sunday dinners and celebrating holidays.

Grace is predeceased by her husband; brothers Johnny, Lloyd, and Wayne Davis; and sister Mary Davis. She is survived by her daughters; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Dery Funeral Home in Pittsfield, and there will be a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be made to Northern Berkshire EMS or the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, N.Y.

Our thoughts are with Grace’s family, colleagues, and friends.


Maud S. Mandel
Professor of History; Program in Jewish Studies