Cynthia "Gay"'s Story
- Cynthia "Gay" [Sutherland] Rump was born in Lincoln, ME on February 1, 1928 and passed away at home in Tacoma, WA on August 19, 2016. Gay's love of airplanes started young with pictures and stories of WWII aircraft filling scrapbooks. This love of planes led her to enlist in the Women of the Air Force (WAF) serving during the Korean War. She was stationed for one year in Reykjavik, Iceland when she volunteered for an AF program to see how women coped in isolated areas. She left the WAF in 1954 then enlisted in the hardest AF position - that of a military wife after marrying Joseph Rump in 1955. For the next 15 years the family lived at several AF bases throughout the U.S. where Gay enrolled in college courses to continue her love of learning. When Joe retired from the AF the family moved to Maine. Gay went back to school to become a nurse's aide - a job she enjoyed for several years. At age 60 she was hired to work at Farmers Home Administration. Retirement didn't slow her down because volunteering was a big part of Gay's life - helping with many military related organizations including at Bangor's Veterans Home, as well as local Girl Scouts and Friends of Fort Knox. Her interests included researching her genealogy and she was a lifetime member of The John Clough Genealogical Society. She was a voracious reader, especially of mysteries, and enjoyed a good action movie. She loved gardening and eating the fruits of her labor. Gay also had a wonderful sense of style - often commented on by friends and strangers alike. This longtime interest in fashion started with shopping at Boston's Filenes in late 1940s to Macy sales at 88.
Her adventurist spirit had her moving across the country to Tacoma at age 83 where her dry sense of humor and wonderful Downeast accent endeared her to neighbors, local church members and daughter's friends. Highlights of her time in Tacoma included meeting one of the female Blue Angels pilots and taking a ride on the WW II B-17 fighter plane Memphis Belle.
Gay was an active member of the Air Force Sergeants Association, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars, Women in Military Service for America and life member of Korean War Veterans Association.
She was predeceased by her parents Earl and Hazel McLaughlin Sutherland, husband Joe, brothers Robert, Louis, Keith, John, Blaine, Philip, and Searle, brothers-in-law William Kox and Phillip Rump and sister-in-law Evelyn Sutherland. She is survived by her favorite child, Bernard, his wife Karen; daughter Patti Rump, her husband Timothy Wardwell; and daughter Jacque Rump; grandchildren Kelsey Wardwell, Keegan Wardwell and her husband Aaron Burgus, Erin Rump, and Bernard Rump Jr.; sisters Doris Kox and Shirley Ordway, her husband Galen Ordway, and sisters-in-law Loretta Sutherland, Bobbie Sutherland and Cathy Rump, and 23 nieces and nephews.
Gay will be buried in Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery next to her husband, Joe. In her memory we ask that you carry out an act of kindness to a veteran or veteran organization.