Mary Anne Bube
1937 - October 5, 2021
Mary Anne Bube, age 84, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on October 5, 2021 from complications of an extended illness. She was a beloved family member and friend who will be missed as much as she was loved.
Mary Anne was a native Californian and grew up in the city of Campbell. She lived and raised her family in San Jose, later moving to Palo Alto and Santa Clara. She attended Campbell High School (graduate 1955) and married Earl Harman (deceased) upon graduation. She is survived by their 2 children Elaine Bowers (Bob Thompson) and Mark Harman, and grandson Brennan Harman. She later married her soulmate Richard Bube (deceased), Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, and is survived by stepchildren Mark (Kathy), Sherri (Jim), Ken (June), Merry (Mark), and several grandchildren. She is survived by siblings Pete Parysek (Fredricka), Carol Yontz (John) and by many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her 'sister-in-heart' Noelle Wareham. Mary Anne is predeceased by her parents Henry and Olive Parysek, brother Joseph Parysek (Liddy) and nephew Jeff Yontz.
Mary Anne was a member of the Stanford Women's Club and attended Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC), Christian Reformed Church of Palo Alto (CRC) and West Valley Presbyterian Church.
Mary Anne was a beloved and proud mother who supported her children in all their interests. She loved being a mother and enjoyed sharing pride about her children's accomplishments, careers and artistic endeavors.
Early in life Mary Anne loved sewing and crafts. As a young mother, she made most of her family's clothing, childhood toys and doll clothes. She was a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader. She also enjoyed camping and nature. Family summers were spent traveling the country camping at National Parks & exploring the US. She especially loved the Redwoods. Her favorite flowers were Iris.
Mary Anne cut apricots and picked prunes during the summers as a teen. She witnessed and experienced the Santa Clara County's transformation from the "Valley of the Heart's Delight" to "Silicon Valley". She was an early pioneer in the Tech industry and was hired as a Rubylith cutter in the mid-1960s working for Philco-Ford. She worked for Intersil>GE>Harris advancing from Senior Layout Designer to supervisor and manager, until she retired in 2000 from Maxim. She was always proud to know she helped design one of the first heart pacemakers. Coworkers and employees share many stories of how she mentored them, shaped their careers and changed their lives.
Later in life Mary Anne's favorite pastimes were spending time with her family, friends and pets, and watching the latest movie with a bucket of popcorn. She also loved books, maps and puzzles, and was very competitive at 'Words with Friends'. She and her late husband loved walking "HIH" (hand in hand) amidst the eucalyptus trees on the Stanford campus.
Mary Anne was a generous, kind and compassionate person. She was loved by all who knew her. She will be remembered for her big warm smile, and we will always feel honored and thankful she was, and is, a part of our lives.
A Celebration of Life will be held after the holidays in the new year and will be announced on her Caring Bridge page. Search 'Mary Anne Bube" at CaringBridge.org
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary Anne's memory to the American Diabetes Association
, Hospice of the Valley or SPCA (animal shelter). Mary Anne & her family would be honored if you planted an Iris in her memory.
Condolences and cards may be sent to:
'Mary Anne Bube's Family'
c/o Elaine Bowers
PO Box 188195
Sacramento, CA. 95818 View the online memorial for Mary Anne Bube
Published by The Mercury News on Oct. 17, 2021.