Mary Viola Collum, who with her husband, William Collum, started Collum Signs in Southampton, died on Sunday at the Westhampton Care Center following a stroke. She was 85 and had spent nearly her entire life in East Hampton and Southampton.
She married Mr. Collum, whom she had met at East Hampton High School, on April 19, 1947, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. Two years later, the couple moved to Southampton.
Mrs. Collum was the bookkeeper of the family business for nearly 50 years. She also worked at the Coin Exchange Bank in New York City for a time after high school.
Mrs. Collum, who was born in St. James on Dec. 11, 1927, to Irving Theodore Simonson and the former Viola Wolf, raised four children while maintaining an active life outdoors. She enjoyed fishing, skiing, swimming, and boating. She was also a member of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Southampton for many years.
Mr. Collum died in 2008.
She is survived by two daughters, Carol Suhr of Virginia Beach, Va., and Mary Shannon of Springfield, Va., and two sons, William Collum Jr. of Southampton and David Collum of Albany. Fourteen grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren also survive, as do five sisters, Viola Garcia of Colorado, Rita Stascavage of Port Washington, Diana Brennan of Bridgehampton, Catherine Winding of Batavia, N.Y., and Barbara Wilson of Sag Harbor.
Visiting hours are tonight from 7 to 9 at the O’Connell Funeral Home in Southampton. A Mass will be said tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, followed by burial at Sacred Hearts Cemetery, also in Southampton.