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Jane Dumont

Mormon answers call to promote her ward

Mormon answers call to promote her ward

May 18, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. --While adversity can defeat some people, it toughens others.

Life has thrown Jane Dumont some painful curves, but through it all she has not only persevered but prospered.

Dumont, 80, she said she owes much of her strength to her church.

"I was raised in the Mormon church," said Dumont, who is active in the church and with its people. "A teacher, a music director and play director ... I've learned it all because of the church."

Dumont, who lives in Hedgesville, attended the National Art School in Washington, D.C., and with five friends opened a high-design clothing shop there in the 1950s.

She and her first husband had four children. Two of her sons died in their 20s from complications of aplastic anemia. Jane also has two daughters, now in their 50s.

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"When I was 40, I met (my husband) Neill, who is Mormon, too," she said. "My life really began then."

She was a reporter in Montgomery County, Md., for a while and then worked in public relations.

"I was the first Mormon on the Washington, D.C., Religious Public Relations Council," Dumont said.

Dumont and her husband, Neill, came to Hedgesville in 2005. She has put her skills to good use, publicizing activities at the wards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the area.

"Our church has the best programs, and I want to share that with people," Dumont said. "Plus, we don't drink or smoke and that has blessed our children."

Dumont, not a gardener herself, helped organize and publicize a sustainable gardening event sponsored by the church. Nearly 200 people attended.

"At 80, I'm still learning," said Dumont, who has mastered the computer and is even on Facebook.

The Dumonts attend one of three wards that meets in Martinsburg, W.Va. When the new ward building in Spring Mills, W.Va., is open, they will attend there.

Dumont likes to tell people that while LDS stands for Latter-day Saints, it also can be interpreted as Loyal Devoted Servants.

"It should stand for that," she said.

Q&A with Jane Dumont



Resides in: Hedgesville, W.Va.

Occupation: Retired

Q: What is your proudest moment?

A: "Watching my daughter, Becky, making good choices, being independent, solving problems and being active in her (Mormon church) ward."

Q: Whom do you most admire, and why?

A: Gordon B. Hinckley, 15th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of the world's foremost spiritual leaders.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have received, and who gave it to you?

A: I believe everyone is wearing a sign that says "Make me feel important," from an unknown author. "This is my motivation to go about doing good to anyone I meet."

Q: What is the next goal you would like to achieve?

A: "Staying well enough to care for my husband and celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary in August."

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