Marjorie Ann Stevenson Hummer (Marge) passed away on May 13th at age 89. She was born in Ft. Worth, Texas but spent her childhood in Wichita, Kansas. An intelligent and eager student, Marge graduated from college at age 19 and headed west to join her sister and brother-in-law at the China Lake Naval Research Station in the Mojave desert, where she met – by becoming secretary to – Robert (Bob) Hummer. After a courtship that included racing their convertible Porsche through the foothills of the Sierras and hiking Mt. Whitney, they married and eventually moved to Santa Barbara where they raised their four children.
Marge was the quintessential PTA mom who was volunteered for everything by her children (“my mom will drive,” “she’ll bake brownies,” “of course we can keep the classroom rabbits all summer”). But Marge had aspirations beyond bake sales and she managed to earn a teaching credential and two Masters Degrees at UCSB, one in Public and Social Affairs and the other in Counseling Psychology, all while her kids were still in school.
Marge substitute taught at local schools for years, finding her greatest satisfaction in working with the kids at Juvenile Hall. She utilized her first Masters degree in working for State Senator Gary Hart and the second in a long career as a social worker for Hospice of Santa Barbara.
Marge was a voracious reader who also loved to travel, hike, swim and take her dogs for long walks. She was predeceased by Bob and their first born, Steven. She is survived by her daughters Alissa (Michelle), Laurie, and Carolyn (Brenda) , grandchildren Claire Hummer and Drew Zecher, and dozens who knew Marge as “mom.”
Per her wishes, no services are planned.