During my term as DAR chapter Regent she was very helpful and supportive. In fact, she was willing to hold offices even though she was up in years and had already served as Regent. It was because of that the chapter honored her by naming her an Honorary Regent.
|Honorary Regent Ceremony - Mary is on right|
Mary encouraged our chapter to hold a special grave marking ceremony for a previous chapter Regent, "Brownie" Beak. Mrs. Beak was active in the state and national DAR and had served as First Vice President General. The grave marking ceremony was held on September 12, 2001. Despite the events of the previous day, many DAR ladies from around the state were present.
|Brownie Beak Grave Marking - Mary is 3rd from left|
Unfortunately, over the past few years, her health had declined and she no longer attended meetings of our lineage societies. We still stayed in touch.
Mary died on 7 July 2014, just one day shy of her 99th birthday. She is now resting with her husband in Cornell, IL.