It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that former NGC President, Mary Louise Michie passed away on January 25, 2020 at the age of 106.
Mary Louise served our garden club community with distinction and dedication. She held the offices of President of Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. 1979-81 and Director of South Central Region, 1987-89. As President of National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) 1995-97, her project was “Always Creating Beauty” which began an eight-year project to beautify the NGC headquarters building in St. Louis.
Originally from Oklahoma, she and her beloved husband, John M. Michie moved to Fort Worth in 1953. She served as President of The Fort Worth Garden Club, Inc. 1970-72, President of the Garden Club Council of Fort Worth 1971-72, a founding member of the Fort Worth Botanical Society and President of The Woman’s Club of Fort Worth.
Mrs. Michie was an avid learner: National Garden Clubs Master Flower Show Judge, Master Landscape Design Consultant, Gardening Study Consultant and was certified in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. College scholarships are given in her name by National Garden Clubs and The Fort Worth Garden Club.
Many groups bestowed honors upon Mary Louise for her service, such as the State Fair of Texas and Texas Garden Clubs as “Garden Club Woman of the Year” in 1981 and Chi Omega as “Woman of the Year”.
Of great meaning to Mary Louise was the recognition for her National Garden Clubs project “Millions of Trees for the Environment”. As NGC president, she promoted the planting of trees. During her presidency, her one million tree challenge was exceeded by nearly 109 million trees planted in the United States, Mexico and Latin America. To commemorate Arbor Day 1996, 8,000 garden clubs planted white flowering trees as a living memorial to those killed in the Oklahoma City bombings. She received the Daughters of American Revolution Conservation Medal and in 1998 was presented the first annual Caroline French Morton Award by the National Arbor Day Foundation “to recognize volunteer leadership in mobilizing people in tree planting.”
In 2004, Mary Louise was honored at the 115th Official State of Texas Arbor Day Observance which coincided with the 25th anniversary of Fort Worth as a Tree City USA. The Fort Worth Garden Club presents an Annual Arboreal Award of Excellence.
We express our sympathies to her children Marc and Marcia, their families and her many friends. We honor her faithful attendance to events around the Americas, for her friendship, advice and support of our clubs and officers, and for her dedication to the conservation movement.
Any cards or expressions of sympathy can be sent to:
Marc & Susan Michie
1220 Evergreen Lane
Redstone, Colorado 81623