Mary A. Schumaker, a former gallery owner who was known for her gourmet cooking, parties and being the “hostess with the mostess,” died June 7 of complications from cancer at Gilchrist Center in Towson. The Catonsville resident was 84.
“Mary was one of my dearest friends and we met in jail,” Kendel S. Ehrlich, former first lady of Maryland, said with a laugh.
“She was a supervisor in the work release program, and I was a young public defender and she would sometime testify in court. That was in the 1990s,” Mrs. Ehrlich said. “She was older than me, but had a very young spirit. We just clicked and had so much fun together.”
When Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. was elected...