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Mary Anne McKibben

April 23, 1931 - October 1, 2020

Mary Anne McKibben, age 89, of Newark, DE, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Mary Anne was born in Denver, CO on April 23, 1931, daughter of the late Vernon J. and Annie Elizabeth (LeRossignol) Duke. She grew up in Rockville Centre, NY, graduated with a B.A. from State University of New York Brockport, and became an elementary school teacher. While raising three children, she was a substitute teacher and later became a teacher’s aide at Delaware School for the Deaf. For many years she enjoyed practicing and playing her violin in the orchestra program at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware. Mary Anne was an amazing seamstress. Also, she could figure out how to do almost anything creative and how to solve almost any problem. We loved Mom dearly and will hold her in our hearts every day.

In addition to her parents, Mary Anne was preceded in death by her husband, James D. McKibben. She is survived by her children, Mollie Post (Jay), Sarah Cummings (Harry) and Jeff McKibben (Leigh); siblings, Eleanor Butterfield, Vernon Duke, Laura Determan and Walter Duke; grandchildren, Kevin, Malerie, Leanne, Anna, Daniel, Madisyn and Kyla; and 2 great grandchildren, Korina and Natalie.

A virtual Ice Cream Social Celebration for Mary Anne was held by friends and relatives all across the country—eating ice cream at the very same time while thinking about and sharing memories of Mary Anne. Photos and comments were shared among participants.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary Anne’s memory to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 28 West 44th Street, Suite 609, New York, NY 10036, or online by clicking here.

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  • I’m sadden to learn of Mary Ann’s passing. I worked with Mary Ann at Delaware School for the Deaf and remember her commitment to the students. She willing took on any assignment that came her way. I know she will be dearly missed by her family. Blessings to all.

  • Mary Anne was Laura’s dear sister and childhood roommate. We lived many mles apart as adults but visited when possible and kept up by phone and email. I miss her and always will but hold dear memories which I shall always cherish.

  • Mary Anne was my substitute “mom” ’one summer. I have fond memories of her loving on me just like I was her own. She will always be in my heart. Peace Aunt Mary Anne.

  • So sorry for your loss. I worked with Mary Ann at DSD ( Sterck ) and she was a great person. She will be remembered.