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Mary E. "Bish" (Bumpus) Rapp

Mary E. "Bish" (Bumpus) Rapp, 89, of Woodcrest Road, Boxford, died Monday, June 29, 2015 at the Beverly Hospital following a brief illness. She was the wife of the late George C. Rapp.

Born in Lynn March 1, 1926, daughter of the late Henry W. and Dorothy (Caverly) Bumpus, she was raised in Peabody and graduated from Peabody High School with the Class of 1944. She went on to work at Metal Hydrides and General Electric where she met George Rapp of Chicago. They were married July 8, 1950 and lived in Cincinnati, OH for several years where George worked for GE.  In 1960, they moved to Boxford when George was transferred to the GE plant in Lynn, where they lived less than a mile from Bish's parents.

She attended Trinity Church in Topsfield for many years and then became a parishioner at St. Mary Church in Dorchester after volunteering in their food pantry program. Enthralled by the international flavor and inner city work of St Mary's, she was an enthusiastic supporter of their church steel drum choir.

She had a lifelong love for North Haven Island in ME, where she spent time as a child, and for the Amish communities of eastern Pennsylvania.  She vacationed with George for over forty years in Wolfeboro, NH.  In her later years, Bish greatly enjoyed spending time on Bailey Island in ME, watching the comings and going of the local lobster fleet.  She was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and it surprised her as much as anyone that she lived to see them win three World Series Championships.

She is survived by a nephew Carl C. Demrow of Washington, VT, a niece Sara  Dent Demrow , her husband  Shawn Dent and  their son Ian Dent all of W. Newbury, and her friend and companion Julius Wiley of Boxford. In addition to her beloved husband she was predeceased by a sister, Nancy R. Caverly of Andover and two infant brothers.

Private funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 14 Cushing Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02125..

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