Mary M. Roark Funeral Services for Mary M. Roark, 89, of Enid, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at St. Thomas of Canterbury Chapel, Albuquerque, NM, with the Reverend John Barton officiating. Burial will be in the Santa Fe National Cemetery under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home. Mary was born December 1, 1918, in Montour County, PA, to William H. and Sarah Brown McCarty and died Saturday, June 28, 2008, at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, Enid, OK. She was raised and educated in Danville, PA, and graduated in 1945 from the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing, Sayre, PA, where she was a member of the Cadet Nurse Corps. Following graduation she worked at Crippled Children's Hospital, Elizabethtown, PA, and Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital before being admitted to Mount Alto TB sanitarium in 1948. She served as a nurse/patient for a short time at Mount Alto before her release. She married Dr. Jesse L. Roark, a physician at the sanitarium, on July 28, 1951. They moved to Albuquerque, NM, in 1958, where Dr. Roark died in 1959. Mary worked at Bernallilo County-Indian Hospital (now UNMH) from 1958 until the early 1970s. She then worked at University Heights Osteopathic Hospital (now Carrie Tingley Hospital) until her retirement in 1978. In 2002, she moved to Enid to live with family, where she enjoyed regular visits with friends at Greenbrier Adult Day Services. She is survived by two sons, Jesse Roark and Richard Roark, Richard's wife, Judy of Albuquerque; two daughters, Ann Martin of Los Lunas, NM, and Kathleen Smith and her husband, David Smith of Enid; seven grandchildren, Jon Roark and wife, Heidi of Denver, CO, Laura Cater and husband, Donnie of Los Lunas, N.M., Erica Roark of Albuquerque, Sarah and Charles Laubach of Omaha, NE, Jessica and Wes Moore, Avadelle and Brent Hibbets, and Dora Smith and fiance, Michael Baker, all of Enid; and nine great-grandchildren, Reva, Michael, Kendra, and Tristin Hobbs of Los Lunas, N.M., Eric, Aaron, Sarah, and Rachel Roark of Denver, Haley Hibbets of Enid, and Baby Girl Moore, not yet born. She never forgot her many loved ones still in Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her brothers, John, Harry, and Wilbur McCarty; sister, Ida, lifelong friend, Betty, grandson, Charles Richard Roark, and son-in-law, Roger Martin. Memorials may be made in Mary's memory to Greenbrier Adult Day Services, or Running Strong for American Indian Youth, a project of Christian Relief Services with Brown-Cummings Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds. Condolences may be made online at brown-cummings.com.
Published on: Sat July 05, 2008