The Norman Transcript


June 21, 2013

Mary Helen Brumback



For many years while in Oklahoma, Mary and her children would make homemade fudge as gifts for family, friends and her husband’s coworkers at Christmas time. One year, she made about 160 pounds of fudge with the help of her children. Her fudge was such a delightful treat for all. Of course, Mary’s favorite food was chocolate.  Mary also prided herself in making baked goods from scratch. She used natural ingredients in her cooking endeavors, such as in her scrumptious homemade apple pies, pecan pies and baklava.

In 2001, Mary and Roger moved to Omaha, Neb., where Roger took the position of chairman of the Pathology Department at Creighton University Medical Center. While in Omaha, Mary belonged to the Philanthropic Educational Organization, other women's organizations and volunteered at the Service League Gift Shop at Creighton University. Mary enjoyed cooking, gardening and visiting long-lost relatives found through Roger’s and her genealogy research. 

Mary devoted herself full time to accompanying Roger in his academic pursuits, medical conferences and other travel adventures. As Mary was an avid art enthusiast, she visited as many art museums and galleries as possible during their worldwide travel together.

With the impending retirement of her husband from Creighton University, Mary was looking forward to their new adventure of life in Lewisburg, W.V., and to be closer to her relatives.

Mary was preceded in death by her father, Harry Skinner, Lt. Col. Ret.

She is survived by her mother, Dorothy Skinner of Columbia, Md.; her mother-in-law, Frances N. Brumback of Monroeville, Penn.; her sister, Julia Kommers and husband Richard of Annapolis, Md.; and by nephews Eugenio Estinto of Leesburg, Va., and Eduardo Estinto of Bethesda, Md.; niece, Ethel of Columbia, Md.; her sister-in-law, Carol Jean Brumback of Middletown, Md.; and by numerous loving family members.

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