Mary passed away at Riverbend Hospital in Springfield on December 27th, her 63rd birthday, from complications associated with a brain tumor.
Awarded a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University in 1987, she pursued a long career as a Registered Engineer, working with several entities including ODOT and the City of Springfield.
In the mid-’90s Mary turned her attention away from engineering and started working with the glass arts. In addition to being a prolific artist, she started and ran the Kilnworking Department at the Eugene Glass School, taught classes at the U of O Crafts Center, and through private classes, seminars and individual instruction helped hundreds of other artists throughout Oregon achieve their artistic goals. She served as both State President and Eugene Chapter President of the Oregon Glass Guild. While working at The Eugene Glass School Mary met Chris Mini. They fell in love and were married in 2006. Together they started Tabby Glass, an architectural art glass studio. Mary was also instrumental in bringing to market the patented ShapeCaster art glass casting system.