|(Image via Minnesota in the 70s)|
Mary, no longer able to perform her job as a teacher at Hastings High School, became a political activist in Minnesota and is credited with being a pioneer in the state’s women’s movement throughout the 1970's. In 1980 she authored the book “The Awful Lightning” describing the events surrounding her evening at Dayton's. She understood that anger and a desire for revenge could not change what happened that evening and carried that same courage and understanding throughout her life. She passed away on December 30, 2004 at the age of 82.