Mary Skelton-Kerner

Mary Skelton-Kerner ( )

Mary Monica Skelton-Kerner, who sold residential real estate and was a hospital volunteer, died of heart disease Sunday at Sinai Hospital. She was 79 and lived in Bel Air.

Born Mary Monica Skelton in Williamsport, Pa., she was the daughter of William Skelton, a Glenn L. Martin flight manual writer and engineer, and Mary Monica Skelton, a nurse.

She lived in Overlea as a young woman and was a 1952 graduate of Kenwood High School, where she sang in the girl's chorus and the glee club and belonged to the Civil Air Patrol. She was also class treasurer.

Mrs. Skelton-Kerner resided on Wilson Point in Middle River for many years. She sold residential properties in Baltimore County and later in Harford County after she moved to Forest Hill nearly 30 years ago. Most recently, she lived in Bel Air.

She was an Upper Chesapeake Medical Center volunteer and gave 2,500 hours to the hospital, often on weekends and holidays. A Democrat, she also served on political campaigns and worked as an election judge.

She read and enjoyed traveling to Scotland. She was also a devotee of bagpipe music. Family members said she was an accomplished cook and annually made her own ketchup from ripe local tomatoes. She then used the condiment on scrapple and sausage.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church, 2407 Laurel Brook Road in Fallston, where she was an active member.

Survivors include a son, Robert L. Kerner Jr. of Edgewood; a daughter, Mary Theresa "Teri" Sigworth of Fallston; two sisters, Delia Hunter of Las Vegas and Paula Bauer of Richmond, Va.; and three grandchildren. Her marriage of 47 years to Robert Kerner Sr. ended in divorce.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com