Abigail "Abby" Pumroy

Departed on Sep 12, 2022

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Abigail (Abby) Pumroy, of Cedar Rapids, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 12, 2022, at The University of Iowa Hospital and Clincs.  Visitation will be held at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home on Friday, September 16 from 4-7 pm. A funeral service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Marion on Saturday, September 17 at 10 am with internment to follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Abby was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico before moving to Brooklyn, New York at the age of six. She graduated Bushwick High School in Brooklyn, NY and then went to the University of Dubuque earning her bachelor’s degree in education. While there she met her husband Tom and they were united in marriage on August 8, 1964. She began teaching in 1965. She entered the University of Iowa earning a Master’s degree in Spanish and Spanish Literature. She also did some post graduate work at Northwestern University. She returned to teaching and in total taught 50 years in ranges from alternative Kindergarten to the collegiate level. Her most memorable teaching came at Cedar Rapids Washington for 17 years where she formally retired from full-time teaching in 2002. During her teaching career she facilitated and chaperoned several student travel trips to Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. Her final teaching assignment was as the English as Second Language program for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Beyond her vocation she was active in many other positions and had many other interests. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Marion. She served the church as a Deacon, Elder and Sunday School Teacher. She served on the Iowa GOP Central Committee and was the Republican Teacher of the Year in 1993. Abby was nominated and served the State of Iowa on the Civil Rights Commission from 1987-1991 serving as chair in her final year of her term. She founded the Jail Ministries for Linn County in 2002 and assisted in bringing the word of God to inmates for 10 years.

She and Tom also served as a host family for the Cedar Rapids Kernels from 2000-2019 housing 57 players, many from Latin America. Of those 57, 18 made it to the major leagues.

She is survived by her husband Tom of Cedar Rapids and sons B.J. (Kaela) of Hastings, NE, Col. Kyle (Kelly) of Colorado Springs, CO, and daughter Marta of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Paiton, Kinnick, Maddux and Thomas. She also is survived by her brother John (Francis) of North Massapequa, NY. She was preceded in death by her parents Juan and Candida Perez and infant daughter Beverly.