Erma Hawkins Bugher, 106 joyous years of age and a former resident of Kokomo, passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Sun City, Arizona. She was born April 29, 1911, in Indiana to the late Clark and Ethel Hawkins.
Upon graduation from Kokomo High School in 1929, Erma was employed as secretary for the Kokomo Roofing Co. On Feb. 1, 1942, Erma married Clarence Bugher and raised his four children, Thelma, Betty, Merwin and Bill, as well as her son, Joe Beaman. She loved them all equally, and they adored her. During World War II, she and Clarence opened their arms and their home to their two married daughters and a grandson while their husbands served in the armed services. With her new grandson, she became known as "Mamaw" -- a name she proudly carried for the rest of her life. She was an active member of Union Street Friends Church in Kokomo (now First Friends Meeting) and continued service to God through the United Church of Sun City in Arizona.
After selling their Kokomo-based business and retiring in the early 1960s, Erma and Clarence ventured to the "original" Sun City, Arizona. They were one of the first retirees to settle in the community. Clarence passed away in 1980, and in April 1988 Erma moved to Sun Valley Lodge in Sun City and remained a resident there for almost 30 years. With her charming smile, warm personality and positive attitude, she had many loving friendships among the residents and the staff. Erma was an avid game player -- board and card games, such as euchre, canasta, and Uno, among others. She played to win, but was a gracious winner which was frequentplaying and winning as recently as June. She always addressed her letters and notes to family as "Dear Ones" as an expression of her love. She was always learning and until her later years continued to use her computer for correspondence and producing creative greeting cards. Mamaw was beloved by all who knew her.
A celebration of life was held at Sun Valley Lodge on Aug. 1, officiated by the Rev. Brady Abel, pastor of the United Church of Sun City, and attended by her family, friends, residents and caring staff. A private burial was held on Aug. 14 at Kokomo Memorial Park.
Surviving Erma are her son, Bill Bugher; granddaughter, Julie Beaman Russell; great-grandchildren, Shyla Russell and Nathan Russell. Also surviving are grandchildren, Jeffrey Bugher, Gary Bugher, Mark Bugher, Lynne Bugher Page, David Fisher, Diane Fisher Taylor, Bruce Fisher, Cynthia Frogue Busby and Candace Frogue Roach; 11 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren as well as a niece, Bec Hawkins Smith.
Preceding her in death were her husband; parents; brother, LaVaughn Hawkins; children, Joe Beaman, Thelma Bugher Fisher, Betty Bugher Frogue and Merwin Bugher; grandchildren, David Beaman and Sandra Frogue; and niece, Linda Hawkins Adams.
Another celebration of life for family will be in September in Indiana. The Golden Door Funeral Home in Sun City and Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes in Kokomo were responsible for burial arrangements.
Published on August 20, 2017