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Mary Estella Flaugh Humes

B. Jan 1, 1921. D. June 16, 2009, Encinitas, Calif.

Mary Estella Humes was born Jan 1, 1921, in Pagosa Springs, Colorado to Tom and Mabel Carman Flaugh.? Raised on a cattle ranch in an area at the foot of the Rockies, surrounded by trees, lakes, and rivers. Milking cows, gathering eggs, raking hay, riding horses and fishing for trout were part of her everyday life.? She always loved the aspens in the fall with the rich colors of autumn.? She got frostbitten, stabbed with a pitchfork, teased by her brothers and by her dad, who she always called “Tom” instead of “Dad.”? She took care of her mom who was often ill.??She played basketball, was in the drama club, and always wished she could sing.

She was married? Dec. 31, 1940, in Yuma, Ariz., to James Hallie Humes (also from Pagosa Springs), and immediately moved to San Diego.? She was a wonderful daughter and sister, and a great mother to her two children, Cecil and Carolyn.? Mary was a fun,?loving and affectionate grandmother and great grandmother! Mom loved the Padres and the Chargers, and would follow their games enthusiastically.? She was a talented and impeccable seamstress, floral designer and homemaker.? Her friends adored her, as did her nieces and nephews, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren!? She will be dearly missed by all of us.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, parents, her brothers Harold Flaugh and Leland “Buster” Flaugh, and one great-grandchild.? She is survived by her daughter Carolyn Brooking, son Cecil Humes and his wife, Gerry; by grandchildren Patrick Humes and his wife, Tracy, Colton Brooking and his wife, Kelly, Christopher Humes and his wife, Nicole, Alison Brooking, and Gregory Humes and his wife, Anna; and by? great-grandchildren Tawni, Bailey, Mason, Kira, Amanda, Wesley, Jeremiah, and Justin Humes, Cory, Shea, and Cheyne Brooking, and Tyler Brooking-Kleinertz.

Mary’s loving memories of her hometown, the mountains and trees led to her family bringing her ashes home to scatter following a celebration of her life in Carlsbad, Calif. on July 18.