Mary Crosby Earl Departed this life May 20, 2020. Mary’s optimism, wit, loving heart and unbridled respect for everyone she met made her a joy to be around. She was beyond talented which resulted in exquisitely designed wall tapestries and silver pieces that she created throughout her life. She loved the West and it’s culture and depicted it in the most beautiful and sometimes haunting ways. She was kind and gentle with all she met in her life. Mary was passionate about skiing, animals and above all friends. First and foremost, however, she was, in her heart of hearts, an artist. Mary was the daughter of Ralph and Dorothy Earl. She grew up Syracuse, NY attended Emma Willard School and graduated from Skidmore College with a Batchelor degree in Fine Arts. Mary moved to Stowe, Vermont where she became an accomplished silversmith, and before long she owned her own jewelry store, The Silver Tree. While in Stowe she became an avid skier which developed into one of her lifelong passions. After twenty five years in Stowe and many ski adventures in the West, Mary fell in love with Taos and its ski slopes, sunshine and vibrant art community. Taos became the perfect home for Mary. It was in Taos where her artistic focus shifted from jewelry to weaving which was initially inspired by Native American traditions. Mary became an award winning tapestry artist creating intricate weavings of landscapes, wildlife, churches and botanicals. Mary’s passion for skiing led her to become a ski instructor, and the Taos ski community soon came to be Mary’s close circle of friends. One tall, dashing ski instructor, Gary Vogel, became a “special friend”. Mary and Gary spent 24 years together sharing a life full of love, laughter and adventure. Mary is survived by her husband, Gary Vogel, and his daughters Star and Justyn, sister Susan Klebl, and her children, Christopher, Katherine and Caroline as well a host of loving friends from Taos, NM, Stowe, Vermont and Glenburnie, NY. A Life Celebration will be held at a later date to be announced. Contributions in Mary’s memory may be made to Stray Hearts Taos Animal Shelter (www.strayhearts.org, 575-758-2981) and the Lake George Land Conservancy (518-644-9673, www.lglc.org). Arrangements by Rivera Family Funeral Home, Taos. To share a memory, please visit our website at www.riverafuneralhome.com
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