Mary L. Shumway, 73, 2530 White Pine Drive, Plover, a noted poet and retired University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point professor, died Saturday morning, March 18, 2000, at St. Michael’s Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Fedderly-Axtel Community Funeral Home in Wisconsin Dells.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name to the English/Creative Writing Department at UW-SP would be appreciated.
The Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home assisted the family with local arrangements.
Ms. Shumway was born Aug. 21, 1926, in Portage, a daughter of the late Oliver and Margaret (Tolleth) Shumway. She attended schools in Wisconsin Dells and graduated from Wisconsin Dells High School.
She obtained her bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Chicago in 1957 and her master’s degree from San Francisco State College in 1965. In 1971 she received her Ph.D. from the University of Denver in Colorado and in the spring of 1976 she graduated from Princeton University in postdoctoral work.
She was a professor of English at UW-SP for more than 26 years, retiring in 1991.
She has had various books and poems published and numerous articles printed in English journals. She received a UW-SP excellence in teaching award based upon evaluations by students and colleagues.
As a published poet, she was recognized by the Academy of American Poets, the Society of the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture, the Council for Wisconsin Writers, and Midwest Publishers. She has been a Robert Frost Fellow at Bread Loaf and a fellow at the MacDowell Colony.
Survivors include one sister, Norma Marz, Wisconsin Dells; one sister-in-law, Corrine Shumway, Wisconsin Dells; nieces and nephews.