Paula Bumgarner

Paula Bumgarner (Lenderman)

Saturday, August 13th, 1938 - Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
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Paula Lenderman Bumgarner, 82, called the angels in for a party of singing and dancing while wearing her sparkled outfit for the occasion. Born August 13, 1938, and called to Heaven’s dance floor October 27, 2020, she lived an adventurous and exciting life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill B. Bumgarner (2008), her mother, Agnes Kelly Lenderman (1994), her father, Paul Hammons Lenderman (1942), and her brother, Robert Milton Lenderman (2010). She is survived by her son, Richard Carl Bumgarner (Betsy), and her daughter, Karen Bumgarner Waskey (Stephen) and grandchildren, Stephen Brooks Waskey, Carlin McNeil Bumgarner, and Kelly Lennon Waskey, step grandchildren Turner Jackson Cash and Caymen Taylor Cash.

At an early age Paula began to play the clarinet and the piano as well as becoming a majorette in her high school band. She later showcased these successful talents when she was crowned Miss Wilkes County in 1959. After graduating from UNC – Greensboro she ventured into the career of a flight attendant with Trans-World Airlines (TWA) from 1960-62. There she met some very famous and influential people and was able to see much of our world during this golden age of airline travel.

Shortly thereafter Paula decided to upgrade her promising career to become a wife, a mother, and a homemaker. Unscathed and still full of energy, she took on community service of which she held several offices, including President, of The Roanoke Women’s Symphony Auxiliary during the late 70’s and early 80’s. Recognized for her service, in 1981 she was bestowed with Roanoke Valley’s Mother of the Year Award in the category of Arts and Sciences. Continuing on with her achievements as a real estate agent, Paula was honored by the Roanoke Valley Board of Realtors as a Diamond Award winner and MKB, Realtors Sales Agent of the Year in 1987. These and other life achievements captured her love and compassion for her family, friends, and her community.

In her later years Paula enjoyed traveling the world, interacting with her grandchildren, playing jokes on her husband, wearing her “bling” and sitting down to a nice meal and a chardonnay with her dinner group at Montano’s every Monday night.

The family would like to recognize Paula’s close companion for the past ten (10) years. She and Bill Meyer were a compliment to each other and shared a special bond. They were content traveling, visiting family, and living the good life every day as long as they did it together. In addition, the family send it’s gratitude to the staff of Woodland Hills Retirement Community, especially Troy “Hollywood” McNeill, for casting their lights of care and compassion during these dark times.

A private ceremony for the family will be held outdoors on the Columbarium grounds at Second Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in Paula’s name to the Roanoke Rescue Mission (P.O. Box 11525, Roanoke, VA. 24022) or Angels of Assisi (415 Campbell Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA. 24016)

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.oakeys.com.
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Missy Luczak Smith

Posted at 04:14pm
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Posted at 04:08pm
Just wanted to say how sorry I am to here of Paulas passing. She was so beautiful and always very kind to me. All the great times spent with y’all on Peakwood, Hunting Hills Horse Shows, the many fun joint family trips Hawaii, Regency Towers so many special memories. She was one in a million and was like a second mom. I feel so lucky to have known her. I am again so very sorry for your loss. I’m sending you all lots of love and prayers for strength during this sad time. XO Missy Luczak Smith

Phyllis Doqdy

Posted at 02:36pm
My name is Phyllis Dowdy...my dear friend (deceased) Nellie King took care of Paula for a good while...Nellie brought Paula to my house many times..what a delight she was and such a beautiful lady...I know each of you were very proud of your Mom..she was a treasure to know!

Phyllis Doqdy Posted at 02:38pm

Correction...Phyllis Dowdy

Liniel Gregory

Posted at 02:20pm
My sincere condolences to Carl & Karen. My memories are fondly recalled to the days with Paula and Bill at Starkey and their children and mine enjoying life. Along the way working with Bill at Russell Transfer and Fleetmaster Express for over fifty years and spending many memorable moments with our families will last forever. Love and prayers from Helen and me, rest in peace Paula. Liniel Gregory

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