---- — OTTUMWA – Georgia Joette Gum, 31, of Ottumwa and formerly of Bushnell, Ill., died August 15, 2013, in Ottumwa.
She was born June 27, 1982, in Springfield, Ill., to Delilah Gum.
Having grown up in Bushnel, Ill., she graduated high school in Petersburg, Ill. She served in the U.S. Navy from 2005 to 2009, serving with the Dusty Dogs in Jacksonville, Fla. She excelled and took great pride in her military service and was honorably discharged as an E5. Georgia received her bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University, having graduated summa cum laude. She was currently working on her master’s degree in school counseling at Liberty University. Having moved to Ottumwa in September of 2012, she worked as a transport officer for SIACC.
Georgia had attended regularly at Pennsylvania Avenue Free Methodist Church. She loved experiencing the word of God. She enjoyed mountain biking, quilting and riding roller coasters. She loved cats, especially Sassy, Raylan, Gizmo and Stubbs.
Surviving are her mother, Delilah Gum of Greenview, Ill.; a sister, Joyce (Nick) Taylor of Ottumwa; a nephew and four nieces who were her pride and joy, Nicholas, Cheson, McKayla, Airianna and Kylee Taylor, all of Ottumwa; her grandmother, Georgia (Louie) Dawson of Petersburg, Ill.; several aunts, uncles and cousins; a stepfather, John Williams III of Mt. Pleasant; and her boyfriend Matt Murphy of Packwood.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joyce and Raymond Boden.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pennsylvania Avenue Free Methodist Church with Rev. Tim Ward officiating. Graveside services and burial will follow at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Keokuk National Cemetery in Keokuk with military honors.
Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Memorials may be made to the family.