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Leslie Ann Dumas: Bus driver beloved in Redford Union

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Leslie Ann Dumas, who was a beloved bus driver and custodian in the Redford Union Schools, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. She was 75.

A resident of Redford Township, she was born in Detroit on Jan. 3, 1942, and grew up in Dearborn. She married the late Bernard Edward McCosky in 1957 (they divorced in 1967) and had two children, Chris and John, before she was 18.

She raised them as a single mother, working steadily as a bartender and a waitress, and in various factories and shops.

Later, she would find her true calling, her joy, working for Redford Union Schools. Her love for the kids, teachers and staff was infectious and reciprocated. She was more than their driver and janitor, she was their friend and, often, their confidant. There weren’t many in the district more popular than Mrs. Dumas.

On Feb. 11, 1989, she married Frank Dumas, with whom she enjoyed a loving, fulfilling relationship. Frank and her sons saw her through two bouts with cancer and helped her deal with diabetes and an increasing loss of sight.

Through all her hardships and health scares, her love of life, family and people in general never wavered or waned. This was a woman who throughout her life fed needy children in her neighborhood, befriended people down on their luck and took in all sorts of stray cats and dogs.

Mrs. Dumas was preceded in death by her mother, Anne, father, Lester, and her brother, Bud. She is survived by her husband; his four children, Elaine, Barb, Rob and Ray; her sons; her sister, Sandra Johnson, and eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Visitation and an informal service will take place from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Manns Family Funeral Home, 17000 Middle Belt in Livonia.