Mary Lou Blum 88 died Thursday, September 27, 2018 in Wichita. She was born to Harold A. Newman and Margaret May Conder on November 6, 1929 in Wichita, KS. She drove a truck for her father’s company to help the family withstand the Great Depression. She graduated from Ellinwood High School in Ellinwood, KS in 1947. She attended Fort Hays State University where she met her future husband Robert “Bob” Blum. They were married January 18,1950. She held many positions within the family businesses which ranged from keeping the books in order, keeping Bob’s side projects under control, and raising their daughters via iron fist. Bob and Mary Lou made their home throughout Kansas; in Holyrood, Grinnell, Oakley and Hays, Kansas. Mary Lou retired in Wichita but continued to manage the family farm from there until her death. Mary Lou had many hobbies and interests. She was generous with her time and talents including most recently knitting 87 hats for the underprivileged. She gave tirelessly to Fort Hays State University, which was recognized through the Nita M. Landrum Award that she received in 2007. She enjoyed watching sports, especially the Fort Hays State Tigers. She had strong opinions about coaching styles, not being afraid to share those opinions with captive audiences. She was an avid reader, prolific at knitting and an excellent seamstress. She excelled at tatting and the making of lye soap; two of many of the lost domestic arts that she enjoyed doing and sharing with others. Many of her family and friends’ lives will benefit from the lessons of creative “frugality” (her word) that she instilled. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, PEO, Hospital Auxiliary, Numerous Charitable Hospital Boards, and Fort Hays State Endowment Association. Mary Lou will be remembered for a toughness and determination that she received through genetics but were later perfected by the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. A woman with a heart of gold, even in her last hours she was more concerned with the well-being of others than her own. She will be remembered by many for the lessons she taught as not only in word but by action. Graveside Service will be at 11:00 am, October 4, 2018 at Lakin Comanche Cemetery in Ellinwood, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Margaret Newman; husband, Robert Blum and daughter, Rebecca Jane Blum. She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Blum Clark of Wichita, KS, Jane E. Blum (John Schwartz) of Reno, NV, MaryPat Blum Dwyer of Hays, KS; grandchildren, Andrew (Darcy) Clark (great-grandsons, Aedan and Emmett); Caroline Clark, Alex (Katie) Clark (great-grandson, Mason), Rebecca Clark, Sarah Clark, Jackson Dwyer, Ike Dwyer, MaryKathryn Dwyer; and sister, Dixie Pierce of Denver, CO. A memorial has been established with: Fort Hays State University Foundation, Robbins Center, One Tiger Place, P.O. Box 1060, Hays, KS 67601.Downing & Lahey East Mortuary. See full obituary online and share tributes at