Marybeth Parks Kemske
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AGE: 93 • Newark
Marybeth Parks Kemske was a conscientious writer all her life and asked to have her obituary omit euphemisms. She died on February 13, 2014 at the age of 93 from pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded at her death by members of her immediate family, and pain management provided by Delaware Hospice allowed her to die peacefully.
Marybeth is survived by her younger sisters, Geraldine Coyle and Adilee Parks, as well as three children: Robert P. Kemske, Jr., known as "Paul," 72; Floyd Kemske, 66; and Bonnie Kemske, 59. She had five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A Delaware native and long-time resident of Newark, she had been married for 49 years to Robert P. Kemske, who died in 1990. Some years after the death of her husband, she had a loving relationship with Richard Evans of Glover, Vermont. He died in 2010, but Marybeth continued a close relationship with his seven children and considered them to be her family. They were as devoted to her as her own children were.
Born in 1920 in Wilmington, she was a graduate of P.S. DuPont High School and later attended Goldey College in Wilmington. She married Robert Kemske in 1940, and not long afterward, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and fought overseas during World War II. Marybeth's subsequent life as an Air Force pilot's wife took her and her children to live first in Okinawa and and then in Panama City, Florida before Robert retired from the Air Force in 1958. Then the family returned to live in Newark, where Marybeth remained a resident until her death.
Marybeth had a lifelong career in office administration, culminating in a decade-long stint working for the DuPont Company, from which she retired as a human resources officer in 1988. In retirement, she realized her dream, long restrained, of becoming a writer. She was a participant in local writing classes and a founding member of the Scribblers, a memoir writing group based at the Newark Senior Center, where she was an active and well-loved member.
A private ceremony was held on February 19, and her family members are planning a larger public memorial sometime in March, which will be open to her many, many friends and her large extended family.
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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22, 2014
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