Mary S. Mares, a homemaker who enjoyed pursuing historical interests, died of cancer July 26 at Dove House Hospice in Westminster. She was 79 and lived in Bel Air.
Born Mary Jeanette Scott in Baltimore, she attended St. Jerome School and was a 1950 graduate of Catholic High School. Family members said she was an excellent student and was a leader of the Latin Club and member of the dramatic society.
In 1953, she married Herman H. Mares, a Baltimore County public schools English and history teacher who spent many years at Sparrows Point High School.
A lover of museums and libraries, Mrs. Mares was a docent at the Hays House Museum in Bel Air and a volunteer at the Historical Society of Harford County. She enjoyed reading biographies and research books. She also played card games, solved puzzles and was a Maryland Terrapins, Baltimore Colts, Ravens and Orioles fan.
She also enjoyed Baltimore traditions that included lunches at Hutzler's tea room and hot dogs at Polock Johnny's.
"She was a believer that you don't ruin a crab cake with pimento and there should be some cabbage in crab soup," said her daughter, Millicent Jordan of Forest Hill. "Of her childhood in Baltimore, she said you were only a streetcar ride way from the best things life had to offer."
A genealogist, Mrs. Mares was a member and office holder of the Daughters of the American Revolution, United States Daughters of 1812, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, Colonial Dames XVII Century, Daughters of the American Colonists, Daughters of Colonial Wars and Southern Dames of America. She traced her family to their arrival in the Northern Neck of Virginia in the 17th century.
Services were held July 30 at St. Mary's Whitechapel Church in Lively, Va.
In addition to her daughter, survivors include another daughter, Hilary Hoffmeister of Hampstead; a brother, Joseph Scott of Cockeysville; and a grandson. Her husband of 50 years died in 2003.