Mary was born in Detroit, where she attended Wayne State University. She was involved in interfaith community organizing work and spent much time with her large family. In Southern California she worked in a pulmonary lab at the L. A. County Hospital. When she and her husband relocated to this area, she returned to school at San Jose State University for a BS in Nursing. She worked thereafter as an oncology nurse. She is interested in ethics and enjoys classical music, theatre, and visits with her family.