Mary was born in Hancock Michigan and lived there most of her life. She worked at Superior National Bank & Trust Company for 41 years as IT Manager and Compliance Officer. After retiring in 2008, Mary has been a volunteer in the Archives at the Finnish American Heritage Center of Finlandia University. Mary has been on the Finnish Theme Committee since 2000 serving as the Treasurer since 2001.
Mary joined the Finnish Council of America in 2012, working on the Folk Music Camps the three years it held the camp. Mary have served as Vice President since 2017.