Knox alumna was civic leader and activist

From: McDonough Voice (Macomb, IL)

March is Women’s History Month, which always prompts attention to the often-overlooked contributions of women, who in the past had to face cultural forces that inhibited them from venturing into many careers. One such woman in our local past was Mary Ewing, who nevertheless made wonderful contributions as a business leader and social activist…

After graduating from Western High School in 1923 and Knox College (with honors) in 1927, she married H. Dewey Ewing in 1928… In the early 1930s she canvassed to raise money for the new McDonough County Orphanage… She also held leadership positions in the Macomb Salvation Army, the county Heart Association, the county Tuberculosis Association, the county Welfare Service Committee, the Altrusa Club, the Girl Scouts, the United Way, Wesley Village, Macomb Beautiful, McDonough District Hospital Auxiliary, and other charity and social service organizations. In fact, no modern woman had a broader record of volunteer service… Read more…