Mary Rubio

November 28, 1921 - July 5, 2022

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Mary (Kranos) Rubio, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, age 100 years, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on July 5, 2022 at Carmel Manor in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. She was born November 28, 1921 in Canton, Illinois to Mark and Elizabeth (Migda) Kranos. In 1938, Mary won a four-year scholarship to the University of Illinois, and continued as a graduate student in the department of Spanish and Italian. She met Carlos Rubio at the U of I, and they were married for 68 years. After WWII, Mary was secretary to the director of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, Rhode Island, while her husband was a flight instructor and commercial pilot nearby. Carlos flew for American Airlines from 1950 to 1979, based in Boston and then in Chicago. During that time, they raised four children in Reading, Massachusetts and DeKalb, Illinois. Mary and Carlos retired to Montreal, Canada, where they lived for thirty years. In 2007, they relocated to the Cincinnati area to be near family. Mary enjoyed music, reading, and traveling abroad. Preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her two brothers, Peter and James Kranos, she is survived by her four children: Philip (Paula) of Durham, North Carolina; Thalia (David) of Somerville, Massachusetts; Casilda (Paul) of Berkeley, California; and Benita (David) of Park Hills, Kentucky; as well as six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Mary's life will take place from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM on Friday, July 15, 2022 at Connley Brothers Funeral Home, 11 East Southern Avenue, Covington (Latonia), Kentucky 41015. Interment at Rehoboth Village Cemetery, Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Memorials are suggested to Bluegrass Hospice, 1733 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, Kentucky, 40504. Online condolences may be expressed on Facebook or at


Joe Liddane - Jul 16, 2022
An extraordinary crossing of paths is not a bad way to start a very fruitful 50 year friendship. In the early 1970s I visited the USA for the first time from the UK. One warm Sunday morning I ended up walking past the Rubio house in Normal Road, puffing and lugging an oversize case on my way to the bus station in DeKalb. An invitation to coffee and a lift to the station led much further than I bargained for! By an amazing coincidence, the family had recently returned from a visit to Galway in the west of Ireland. They had stayed just around the corner from the street where I had been born and so started a conversation that lasted until now. The generous act of that accidental meeting also summed up the personalities of Mary and Carlos. We only saw each other twice in the following years when they visited us in Paris and London but that hardly mattered. Frequent letter writing meant we got to know each other very well. And these were no ordinary letters. Mary followed the development of my family, career and aspirations for nearly five decades and we exchanged reflections and feelings through many changes of house and fortune. Her genuine interest in what I, my wife Ann and our children were up to meant she was regularly in our thoughts even though we remained thousands of miles apart. Like all who knew her, we regret her leaving us but rejoice in the thought of a wonderful and long life well lived.
Jess Lawson - Jul 15, 2022
To the family of Mary Rubio, I send my condolence . In my all my years of being a hairdresser, I have never met a nicer Lady . And Mary was a lady.
Monica of the Murphy clan - Jul 12, 2022
Such a lovely photo of your Mom. Michelle and I always talked of visiting and she will be there to represent us all. Your family has always had a special place in the heart of all of the Murphys and hopefully we can visit all of you again. Or you might come to the Canton house!
Marcia Brieant DeBrock - Jul 11, 2022
Benita, Phil, Thalia and Casilda, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I have such wonderful memories of both your parents as they took us to school and hanging at your house. I do remember her beautiful smile. There is no one like a mom and my heart aches for you all. She truly had a great and full life. Sending hugs to you all. Marcia
Jocelyn Brieant Prall - Jul 8, 2022
My sympathies to your family at the passing of Mary. Wow, 100! I often think of your family as I pass the Normal Rd house on my way to church (and remember walking with Casilda to Lab School so many years ago as well as many other memories). Jocelyn
John Corneille - Jul 8, 2022
Benita, Very sorry to learn of the passing of your mother, my sympathy to you and your family. I have notified Classmates on my e-mail list (about 150 or so) and would love to provide them your e-mail address so they can more easily reach out to you, if you are willing to do that. Mine is Stay well. John
Carrol Pender - Jul 7, 2022
Grandma Mary, Although it is a sad day, I will always remember how lucky we were to have you in our lives for so long. Your warm and loving personality and generous soul will always put a smile on my face. I\'ll miss you. Love, Carrol (Chip)
Tammy Smith - Jul 6, 2022
Mary you will be greatly missed. I enjoyed spending time with you. I will always remember all the songs and you trying to teach me French. Love you to the moon Mary Rubio

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