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Title: Mary Louise Finney            
Dates: 1890-1900             

Collection Number: 00188

Quantity: 3 items

Abstract: Portraits of Mrs. Edwin Alfred (Elizabeth Ward) Lamb, Marie Irish (Mary Louise Finney) and a group photo including Birlea Ward and Mae Ann Wallace Ward.

Provenance: Unknown. Sharon Silengo inventoried, scanned and added item level descriptions and wrote a finding aid for the collection on April 7, 2016.

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Biographical Sketch:       Mary Louise Finney

Mary Louise Finney was born July 30, 1919, in Bismarck, the daughter of Burt and Mary (Stevens) Finney. She attended Bismarck public schools, graduating from Bismarck High School in 1937, and went on to Dominican College in San Rafael, Calif. Later, she transferred to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and graduated in 1947 with a bachelor's degree.

At the age of ten, Mary Louise joined a Girl Scout troop, which met at the Presbyterian Church. From first learning to tie knots, sing folk songs, go to camp, make new friends and keep the old, Girl Scout leadership and counseling was her greatest joy and became her first professional job in 1942, in Chicago, Ill.

She served in the Seattle, Wash., Council during World War II, where families from around the U.S. moved for new jobs and their children made friends in many new Girl Scout troops. Shortly after the war, the national Girl Scout Organization started to enlarge membership to cover the entire U.S. Mary Louise was selected to help volunteers enlarge councils in northern North Dakota.

From 1949 to 1952, Mary Louise was Health Educator for the North Dakota State Health Department for the program to detect and prevent tuberculosis in every county. In 1953, she went to New York City to join an international organization for European university students anxious to see the U.S., and in 1955, she rejoined the national Girl Scout staff and worked as program advisor for six mid-west states.
All of these work assignments required traveling. In 1961, she became Public Relations Director for the Greater Minneapolis Girl Scout Council, where she could finally rent an apartment and enjoy a neighborhood.

Mary Louise enjoyed two vacations especially; in 1961 and in 1963, as a shipboard trainer for foreign students en route to children's camps in the U.S., sponsored by the American Camping Association. She retired to Bismarck after serving on the St. Paul, Minn., staff in 1970 and 1971.
In Bismarck, she became an active volunteer with Girl Scouts, ARC Thrift Shop, the Mayor's Committee for Employment of the Handicapped and special event committees.

Her interests were world-wide travel, music, theatre and writing. She served many years in retirement as a member of the World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Inc. Her Girl Scout work was acknowledged with the National Juliette Low International Medal.
Mary Louise was an active supporter of the Heritage Center, North Dakota Public Broadcasting, Bismarck Public Library and the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.

She is survived by her cousins, Claire Engelhardt, Minnewaukan, Imogene Christianson, Santa Maria, Calif., and Roberta Jean Rinde, San Jose, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents.
Bismarck Tribune, July 4, 2006 U.S. Public Records, U.S. Social Security Index, U.S. Census Records, U.S. Public Records Index.

00188-00001 Mrs. Edwin Alfred (Elizabeth Ward) Lamb Bismarck (ND) photo by Oscar Fryklund, Bismarck (ND)
00188-00002 Marie Irish about age 4 (Mary Louise Finney) Bismarck (ND) 1899
00188-00003 Birlea Ward and Mae Ann Wallace with group Bismarck (ND) 1900

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