Monday, March 26, 2012

Mary Almy (Richmond) Pressly

Mary Almy Richmond Pressly (1864-1946), born in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, was a single woman for several years, marrying Mason Pressly about 1924.  She also went by the first name of Virginia.

United States Census, 1930 
event place: San Diego, San Diego, California
birthplace: Michigan
estimated birth year: 1865
father's birthplace: New York
mother's birthplace: Massachusetts
Household Gender Age
spouse Mason W Pressly M 70
  Mary A Pressly F 65

PRESSLY, Mary Almy Richmond (Mrs. Mason Wylie Pressly), club- 
woman, writer; b. Ann Arbor. Mich.: d. Charles H. and Amy White (Howland) Richmond; ed. Ann Arbor high sch.; lecture courses in literature, architecture and Greek art. U. of Mich.: studied drawing and painting. New Eng. Conservatory. Boston, and under 
C. E. L. Green: m. Dr. Mason Wylie Pressly. of San Diego. Calif., Jan. 20. 1924. Builder of a Spanish court (consisting of 4 homes) overlooking Pac. ocean at La Jolla: formerly vestrywoman and pres. Woman"s Auxiliary of St. James Ch., La Jolla: pres 
La Jolla Women's Club. 1915-16. especially active in same during World War period, when club extended hospitality to 40.000 Amer. soldiers stationed at Camp Kearney: played part of "The Bard"" in a Shakespearean pageant presented by La Jolla Women"s Club, 1916; has twice served as a mem. of a Calif, superior court jury; 
has made rubbings from monumental brasses in churches in Eng. and lectured on same at Chicago Art Inst.,The Albright Gallery. Buffalo, N.Y., and before many Church socs. Author of manuscripts on ecclesiastical vestments upon monumental brasses in Eng.. newspaper accounts of travels abroad, some poems, etc. Mem. Fine 
Arts Assn.. Museum Assn.. Natural History Assn.. all of Balboa Park, San Diego, and the Washtenaw Hist. Soc.of Ann Arbor. Democrat (mem. co. cen. com. during Wilson campaign). 
Episcopalian. Homes: 204-12 Coast Blvd.. La Jolla; (country) Palomar Mtn.. San Diego Co. 

Mrs. Mary Pressly's obituary was published in the San Diego Union on December 17, 1946.  She was survived by a brother, Frederic S. Richmond, of Hollywood, CA.

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