Thoughtful is the perfect way to describe Mary Williams Neal. Growing up in Mississippi, caring for her siblings and working in the fields, she became a caregiver for her parents, her sister and her husband. Coming to Kansas City in 1969 to care for her mother, she became involved in the Kansas City community through work at UMKC, the Kauffman Foundation and the FBI Academy. She feels blessed to have had the opportunities to serve on the Kansas City Council from 1995 to 2003 and to travel to the White House several times. She serves on the board of Kansas City Parks and Recreation and acts a mentor to other women through the power of kindness. She loves volunteering with the Parent Resource Center at Central High School.
Every morning, Mary wakes up thinking of ways to make her husband’s life better. A stroke in 2000 changed his life as well as hers. She tries not to put herself first, always keeping an open door so she can help him and others by mentoring, listening and doing. As someone who exemplifies positive aging, her mantra is “Let’s treat each other well”.