Abe Schmucker’s mother, Mama Mary Schmucker, became a big part of the cast in later seasons of “Breaking Amish.” After initially appearing to object to Abe’s decision to leave, she also experimented and flirted with parts of the “English” lifestyle over the seasons. She became a role model for the entire group, especially Jeremiah Raber, but her involvement with the show also led to her being shunned by her community.
Mary confirmed her exit from the show in 2022, sharing with fans on Instagram Live (via In Touch) that there were “too many issues that won’t work for me.” Not long after that, she went on to share that she had been diagnosed with colon cancer. According to her daughter-in-law, Rebecca Schmucker, her surgery in April 2022 had gone well, but Mary herself updated followers in a private Facebook group in June that year to say that her cancer had actually progressed to stage three, almost stage four, in which case chemotherapy would no longer help.
She still interacts with fans on social media, and appears to be in better spirits, though she was seemingly still fighting the cancer as of January 2023. In an Instagram Live at that time, Rebecca Schmucker shared an update with fans, indicating that Mary’s health was a “day by day” thing.