Mary Jane Queen | In My Own Words

Since my first arrival in Canton in 1958, I found volunteer work to do. When my children were young, it involved their activities — P.T.A., church Sunday school teacher, etc. Our family had to move with my husband’s company, so each city I found volunteer work in their schools and teaching Sunday school, museum work.

Why do you do what you do?

Since my first arrival in Canton in 1958, I found volunteer work to do. When my children were young, it involved their activities — P.T.A., church Sunday school teacher, etc. Our family had to move with my husband’s company, so each city I found volunteer work in their schools and teaching Sunday school, museum work.

When we returned to Canton to stay, I really had the opportunity to become involved in the Canton Museum of Art, the Canton Ballet and many other community boards. It is joyful to meet and be with all new friends who are so interesting, educated and talented. People I would have never known if I had not volunteered. The purpose and the project of each organization is so exciting. A wonderful example is the docent program at Canton Museum of Art. I highly recommend it!

Anyway, anywhere you can enrich a child’s life, if only for two hours is worth it. Today I do what I do because at 88, my time is taken through many required duties, therefore I still can do portrayals of famous women. I have always been an Ohio history buff, and through the Hoover Historical organization, I was requested to do programs on Ohio’s First Ladies.

My portrayals evolved from the First Ladies Library to other national individuals. I am working on one right now that will be a “dilly.” Her name is Lydia Maric, a poet, abolitionist and lived in the very early 1800s.To bring to life a person that affected the future of all our lives is worth the effort. Besides, I love the research. It is fun.

What is on your Bucket List?

My “Bucket List” is quite simple:

1. One special item is to ride in a blimp! I set a goal to ride in as many kinds of commercial air transportation as possible, from Piper’s, Cessna, McDonald-Douglas, Boeings, balloons, helicopters. These I have ridden in, but not yet a blimp!

2. To have three trips this year: to California to see my family, to New York to see family and go down “memory lane.”

3. To spend a few days at Port Clinton, Ohio

What is on your mind?

How grateful I am for my life. Each day, I truly count off some of my blessings, just some. My cup runneth over with my good fortune of loving family and great wonderful friends. I thank God for my happy heart.

ABOUT MARY JANE

Who: Mary Jane Queen, married to David B. Queen; four children, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 1 daughter deceased (2002); seven grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren

Education: Ohio Wesleyan University, Findlay University, audited courses at Kent State University Stark

Community Boards: Friends of the Library, Canton Garden Club, Hoover Historical Society, Canton Preservation Society, Museum Guild, Canton Ballet Board