Louise Stump

Louise Stump

Louise W. Stump, an accomplished competitive equestrian who continued riding until she was in her mid-70s, died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Springwell, a Mount Washington senior living community. The longtime Reisterstown resident was 82.

Louise Warfield was born in Baltimore, the daughter of Edwin Warfield Jr., a banker who had been publisher of The Daily Record, and Katharine Lawrence Lee.

She was raised at Oakdale, her family's estate in Woodbine that had been home to her grandfather, Edward Warfield, who had been governor of Maryland from 1904 to 1908.

Mrs. Stump attended Bryn Mawr School and graduated in 1948 from Garrison Forest School. She attended Virginia's Sweet Briar College.

She was married in 1952 to Augustine Herman Stump Jr., an insurance executive who ran Stump, Harvey and Cook.

Mrs. Stump began riding at an early age. She showed and fox hunted and continued do so until she started suffering from hypoglycemia during her 30s and 40s.

After giving up sugar, becoming a vegetarian and adopting a macrobiotic lifestyle, she was able to return to the saddle, where she continued competitively riding in Old Fashions, a steeplechase race that is held at the end of a fox hunt, said her daughter, Alicia S. Murphy, a professional steeplechase horse trainer who lives in Reisterstown.

"She seemed determined to make up for lost time in her later years, riding competitively at an age beyond her peers," said her son, Willie L.L. Stump of Seattle.

Until moving to the senior living community in 2010, Mrs. Stump and her husband lived in an old log cabin on a 15-acre tract on Millender Road in Reisterstown.

Mrs. Stump was active in environmental issues and maintained a strong interest in organic gardening.

She was an active communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, Glyndon, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday.

In addition to her husband of 60 years and her two children, Mrs. Stump is also survived by five grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com