Mary was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 1, 1908. After teaching high school English there for several years, she decided to combine travel with a career and accepted a position in Hawaii at the Kamehameha School. She was next accepted for a DOD position in Japan in the capacity of English instructor in 1947. She was posted to Magill Army Base and ultimately was assigned as principal in Nagoya, Japan, the Headquarters for the 5th Air Force. Mary remained there for several years, where she was much appreciated by school staff, parents and military personnel. She constantly encouraged teachers to travel, learn and absorb as much of the culture as possible. She passed away October 20, 2001 in Covina, California, and was laid to rest beside her husband, “Robbie”, whom she met in Japan while he was serving in the Army.