Mary F. Homan, the family matriarch, loving wife, and doting “Great Mom-Mom” died July 5, 2020. She was 78 years old. She endured a lengthy illness with grace, passing in peace at home, surrounded by those dearest to her.
Mary was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, coming to Delaware after high school graduation to work for Bell Telephone. Her parents, Ann and Stanley Oakley, siblings John, Tom, Elizabeth, Ann, and Margaret followed directly.
She met Frederic (Fred) on a blind date to Rehoboth Beach. They married in 1961, and she cherished him to her passing.
“Great Mom-Mom” is also survived by daughters Nancy and Kristen, son-in-law Todd, as well as grandchildren Christine, Zachary, Eric, Stephen, Anja, and great-granddaughter, Briana.
She was preceded in death by beloved grandson Matthew. She also leaves behind an extended family, both of birth and marriage.
Mary lovingly nurtured husband, children, home, and hearth. She sewed, smocked, quilted, crocheted, painted china, and collected recipes for the benefit of everyone at her table. A Master Gardener and designer of Butterfly Gardens for children’s programs, all flora thrived in her care.
She retired after spending some years performing ‘hearth cooking’ demonstrations, teaching visitors in Historic Houses of Odessa about colonial practices. Mary then devoted her time to Garden and Women’s Clubs, serving as President, and chairing ‘Christmas in Odessa’ to benefit college scholarship funding.
A viewing will be held Monday, July 13, 2020, from 6-8 PM at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown, DE. Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 11 AM at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, 2431 Frazer Rd., Newark, DE 19702, interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington, DE.
Please plant a perennial flower in Mary’s memory. Each blooming will beautify our world, as well as bringing a smile in remembrance.