AUBURN — Mary Virginia Muns, 66, amazing stay-at-home mom first, legendary female store manager of Kendallville Scott’s, and office manager extraordinaire at Auburn Family Dentistry, died on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2019.
Mary was born into the boisterous Herber family, the second youngest of eight sisters: Joan (deceased), Sue, Margie, Pat (deceased), Kathy, Becky and Kam, and one brother Rob (deceased). Her father, R.J. (deceased), was a locomotive engineer with the Pennsylvania Railroad, and her mother, Leona (deceased), was an impressive cook and stay-at-home mother. She grew up in Grabill on the family farm until she moved to Auburn in the late ‘70s to start her own life as a farmer and gardener. Her immediate family still resides in Auburn.
She was organically gardening years before “organic” was even a health phenomenon and enlisted her three children (raised on homemade baby food) to routinely weed, water and pick the vegetable beds every summer. Although she didn’t get to enjoy her post-retirement plan of selling local goods at the farmer’s market, her handmade dog biscuits, birdseed cakes, hot peppers and fruit wine were local favorites.
She was a raging tennis fan for the past two decades and No. 1 supporter and cheerleader of Roger Federer for reasons that she would gladly express to anyone who would listen. And the members of Bluemoonball tennis blog listened, laughed and appreciated her many early morning comments on matches of the day.
Her passion for ‘60s rock group The Beatles was surpassed only by the love for her husband and children. She met Chuck over 45 years ago and married in 1977, a handsome George Harrison look-a-like who only rode a motorcycle around town. They had three children, Rachel, Matthew and Thomas, all who now live in California. She taught them a strong work ethic and always reminded them to “make wise choices.”
Because she did not agree with traditional funeral services, her family will be held a party celebrating her life on May 25.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Cleveland Clinic, whose staff took great care of her throughout the past year, or the Roger Federer Foundation that provides impoverished children access to education in Southern Africa and Switzerland.