Four decades ago, then 40-year-old Mary was working as the community relations director at the Carnegie Library in Homewood when she noticed a safety hazard across the street.
“There was a field, overgrown, all kinds of trees, bushes, weeds. It didn’t appear to be safe,” she said. “The patrons would park there … you never know what’s going to jump out of those weeds.”
Mary took some time to fix up the space and make it more beautiful, and she hasn’t stopped since. Now 82 years young, Mary is known to her community as “the Flower Lady.”