Mary was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She and her husband, Attorney Albert Hansen moved to Arcadia, CA in 1960. Mary worked in banking most of her career, starting as a telephone operator at Calif. Bank and later as a bank teller. Her warm and outgoing personality, intelligent and hard work, moved her up the ladder and she was made Operation Manager at Wilshire Bank and later being the fist women Vice President. A remarkable feat for a woman at that time.
Working in banking 25 years Mary developed leadership skills she carried through to her service in the community and her church.
Mary has volunteered in many capacities ranging from Board Member to President for the following organizations: Arcadia Beautiful Commissions (8 years), Methodist Hospital Foundation (3 years), American Heart Association (4 years), Centennial Celebration (Treasurer 1 year), Lutheran Church (Treasurer 4 years), Meals on Wheel’s Red Cross (3 years), American Cancer Society (call committee 2 years), Arcadia Women’s Club (4 years), Santa Anita Breeders Cup (4 years), Arcadia Tournament of Roses (working on Arcadia Float 2 years), Arcadia Chamber of Commerce (6 years), Friend of the Arcadia Historical Society (5 years ACTIVE), Arcadia Coordinating Council (5 year ACTIVE), Arcadia Police Foundation (5 years ACTIVE-Vice President).
Mary has not only volunteered countless hours to the Arcadia Community, she has also made many generous monetary contributions within the city and the Arcadia Rotery Veterans Memorial at the Arcadia Community Center. And she also made a generous donation to the Arcadia Police Foundation to purchase the first K-9 Zoli.
Mary always prefers to give than receive.