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Mary Hoy OWEN

Female 1923 - 1997  (74 years)


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  • Name Mary Hoy OWEN 
    Born 12 Feb 1923  Athens, Henderson County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    _UID E3CBC558A4F54B1A9651C7CF35C38AB27AE1 
    Died 14 Aug 1997  Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 18 Aug 1997  Owen Cemetery, Athens, Henderson County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Born at Athens, Texas, to Jack and Lillie Owen. Mary moved to Washington, D.
      C., to work as a member of the staff of Congressman Albert Thomas, D. Tex.
      She returned to Texas in 1946, and to Houston, where she married the late F.
      Jack Greenwood. Their son, the late Gary Owen Greenwood, was born the
      following year. Mary soon became the cornerstone of Houston's volunteer and
      philanthropic community, devoting her almosttireless efforts to the March of
      Dimes. She served not only as its chairperson of the first Mothers March on
      Polio in 1951, but also the following two years. After serving the March of
      Dimes as its Campaign Director for two years and its chairperson for two
      years, she became the State Advisor for the orginization of chapters in 36
      counties, and was honored at the MOD's first fundraising gala in 1974.
      Elected in 1975 to serve on the board of directors of the national March of
      Dimes Birth Defects
      Foundation, she remained on that board for decades, and subsequently served as
      its first female vice-chairperson. In the national arena, Mary also was
      elected in 1985 to the Board of Trustees of the Salk Institute for Biological
      Studies in San Diego, CA. A founding member of Houston's Home of St. Mark's
      Adoption Agency, she was chairperson of that organization's Endowment Fund.
      She also was a longtime member of Baylor Ten of the Baylor College of
      Medicine, and served as its 1996-1997 President. An active early supporter
      of the Houston Grand Opera, she also maintained ongoing interests in the Blue
      Bird Circle and the D.A.R. Mary, a lifelong member of the United Methodist
      Church, was the donor of the Will and Ruth Jackson - Mary Owen Greenwood
      Collection of 5000 rare books to the Cody Library at Southwestern University
      at Georgetown, Texas. Predeceased by her only child, Gary Owen Greenwood in
      1994, she is survived by her grandson, Owen Weston Greenwood of
      Charlottsville, Virginia; brother David Allen Owen of Richardson, Texas;
      devoted friend Sam Segari; sisters Martha Owen Taylor and Lucy Dee McIntire,
      both of Athens, Texas; numerous cousins and a multitude of bereaved friends.
      She has left behind all of those who will cherish the memories of her tireless
      efforts for those less fortunate.
    Person ID I1725  America
    Last Modified 27 Jun 2019 

    Family Francis Jack GREENWOOD,   b. 8 Mar 1915, Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1969, Mt Vernon, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 18 May 1946  Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Gary Owen GREENWOOD,   b. 21 Jul 1947, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1994, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F928  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart