Mary Lou Logan, 89

Mary Lou Logan, 89, a long-time resident of Wilton, Connecticut, passed away peacefully on August 13th, 2014 in Santa Cruz, California. She recently moved to California to live there with her son Cameron and her beloved dog Lizzie, to enjoy the beautiful ocean breezes and sunny atmosphere, while also escaping the eastern winters.

Born on July 26, 1925 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mary Lou grew up in a military-style environment. Her father, L. Henry Gork, served in the European war and later worked as a Lt. Inspector General on General MacArthur’s staff in the Pacific war.  Mary Lou’s mother, Arla was instrumental in exposing her to many different cultural experiences. Growing up in a very disciplined fashion also helped to develop Mary Lou’s life-long determination in everything she set out to accomplish.

She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1947 with an English/Theatre Arts Degree. Straight out of college, Mary Lou landed a job as a Guest Editor for Mademoiselle Magazine in New York City. One of twenty selected out of 20,000 college applicants, Mary Lou moved into the famous Barbizon Hotel for Women in Manhattan, and continued to work for Mademoiselle for a number of years following her internship.

Prior to college, she worked with her childhood friend, Betty Ford, at Herpolsheimer Department store in Grand Rapids, Michigan as a fashion coordinator.   Mary Lou grew up two houses down from the Gerald Ford family. Betty and Jerry were also attendants at Mary Lou’s wedding.

After marrying William Logan in 1953, a successful commercial artist known for his prize-winning watercolors and pastels, Bill and Mary Lou moved to Wilton in 1957 where they built their first home on Pond Road. Ten years later they bought the Taylor home on Nod Hill Road which was known for its beautiful reflecting pool and lovely landscape.

Bill and Mary Lou flourished there, Bill in his Studio and Mary Lou in her garden in which she spent many years cultivating. Mary Lou recently won a Tri-Color Award in one of the Wilton Garden Club’s flower shows, saying it was one of her proudest moments. Mary Lou also owned and operated Floral Designs of Wilton for a number of years, and enjoyed working in the floral business for over 17 years.

Mary Lou, also known as The Doll Lady of Wilton, was an avid antique doll collector, a registered antique doll dealer, and the Doll and Toy Curator of the Wilton Historical Society. She had a passion for the history behind the dolls, the sculptors who created them and how they mimicked the fashions of the day. That passion was in part developed in her by her mother at an early age. She would also be given a beautiful doll for her birthday and Christmas each year, which she cherished and kept throughout her life.

Amongst Mary Lou’s many accomplishments is first and foremost the joy of raising her two sons, whom she and Bill adored. However, we would be remiss not to also mention a few of the many proud moments throughout her life. She was a member of the Junior League since the age of 21; acted as Chairman of “the Take Over Committee” for the refurbishing of the Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Museum (from the city of Norwalk); instrumental in getting funding for the Fife & Drum Corps started by Don Klotz; was a past Co-Chairman of the Minks to Sinks annual charity event for the benefit of the Nursing Association’s Well Child Program, and also was a volunteer there since 1965; was past President of the Wilton Historical Society, and also a volunteer there since 1966. Mary Lou earned the Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award in 2006; and was voted One of the Most Influential People of Wilton in 2011. Mary Lou was also a long-time member of St. Matthew’s Church in Wilton, where she served on the altar guild for many years.

Mary Lou is predeceased by her husband, William Logan. She is survived by her son Cameron of Aptos, CA; son and daughter-in-law Jaimie and Cecilia of Hartford, AL; grandson Shaun of Aptos, CA and granddaughter Brynna of San Francisco, CA.

Mary Lou was a very strong-willed and determined woman whose energy and spirit knew no boundaries. She sped through life at full speed. And as far as she was concerned, that was considered “normal.” Her overwhelming spirit and explosive personality will be greatly missed by all.

Mary Lou leaves behind so many friends whom she loved in her own way as she fondly reminisced about their times together during the last few years of her life.

A memorial service will be held the second weekend of October in Wilton. Time and date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation be made in Mary Lou’s name to the Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.

Mary Lou lived her life to the very fullest and left this world just the way she wanted — when she was good and ready to — and not a moment before.