A memorial service was held on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Mehl's Chapel in Watsonville, Calif. Following the service, family and friends were received at Severino's at the Seacliff Inn in Rio Del Mar.
She died Monday, Nov. 3, at home in Aptos, surrounded by her family. She was 71.
She was born on Dec. 22, 1932, in Woodlake, the eldest of three daughters, to Arthur Wesley McNay and Dorothy Mildred (Georgesen) McNay. She was a great, great-granddaughter of Captain John Jordan, who headed a wagon train from Texas to California in 1850, that progressed from San Diego to San Luis Obispo and then to San Juan in Monterey County where the family engaged in the cattle business for seven years. In 1857, John Jordan purchased a farming tract at the head of the Yokohl Valley and settled in Tulare County. A trail along the Yokohl Creek and across the Sierra to near Owens Lake, a redwood tree in Balch Park, a hot springs and a mountain peak, all in the Sierra Nevada mountains range east of Exeter, bear the Jordan name.
She attended first grade at Lincoln Elementary School in 1939 while living for a period of time in Exeter with her uncle and aunt, Joshua Andrew Benadom, Jr. and Elva Cecelia (McNay) Benadom, for whom she was named. She attended Fresno schools, graduating from Washington Junior High School in 1947 and Fresno High School in 1950.
She met her husband, David, at an ice cream parlor in Fresno in 1951, and they were married the following year in Boulder City, Nev. The couple had four children.
She maintained the Santa Cruz County Appraisal Service with her husband, David, in Watsonville for the past 20 years. She was a licensed real estate broker and member of the Watsonville Association of Realtors and a state licensed general real estate appraiser. She was an active member of the Soroptimist International of Watsonville and served as an officer and board member since 1991. She was dedicated to their scholarship program for women and their Women's Opportunity Award, which offers financial assistance toward education.
She is survived by her husband, David Brumfield of Aptos; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Ann "Barbie" and John Lorentz of Malibu; two sons, James McNay Brumfield of Watsonville and David Henry Brumfield of Aptos; a sister, Mary Lou McNay Rice of Riverbank; and many other extended family members.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Ann Patricia Brumfield-Burnett, in 1988 and a sister, Shirley Ann McNay Schmitz, in 1977.
She was cremated and brought to rest with her daughter, Mary Ann Patricia Brumfield-Burnett.
The family asks that donations be made to the Mary Ann Brumfield-Burnett Girls Scholarship in care of the Cabrillo College Scholarship Foundation, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA 95003.