Mary Seeds Humphreys, 96, longtime Cherry Hill teacher

Posted: September 04, 2014

Mary Seeds Humphreys, 96, of Cherry Hill, a former public elementary schoolteacher there, died Saturday, Aug. 30, at BrightView Greentree, the retirement community in Marlton where she had lived for the last three years.

She lived in Cherry Hill for more than 60 years.

Mrs. Humphreys earned a bachelor's in education at what is now Rowan University and in the 1940s ran one of the first kindergarten programs in New Jersey at a public school in Barnegat, her niece, Billie Kramer, said.

In the late 1940s, Kramer said, Mrs. Humphreys began her Cherry Hill teaching career at the Sharp School.

"She didn't have a car," Kramer said, "and the only way she could come to school is if she could bring her son, who was turning 5," and not yet a student.

"So the school bus picked them up and brought them home," Kramer said. "Normally, teachers don't get picked up by the school bus."

From the early 1950s until she retired in 1986, Mrs. Humphreys taught first grade and kindergarten at the Horace Mann School in Cherry Hill.

After retiring in 1986, Mrs. Mann was a member of the Cherry Hill Super Seniors Club and at one time traveled on the Queen Elizabeth II.

Besides her niece, Mrs. Humphreys is survived by son Richard, four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, George.

A memorial service was set for noon Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Murray-Paradee Funeral Home, 601 Marlton Pike West, Cherry Hill.

Donations may be sent to Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, Suite 300, Five Eves Dr., Marlton, N.J. 08053.

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610-313-8134 @WNaedele

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