Mary Louise (Ley) Ewing 67
Mary Louise lived her life with a song and a smile. Growing up in Marshfield, WI, with four brothers and a sister, she loved reading and writing, and found her passion for theatre.
After leaving the Midwest to attend Smith College with only a few dollars to her name, she toured with the USO in Greenland, ran a garden center, and pursued a career in advertising and real estate. She shined on stage, starring in and directing many musicals, and singing with her second love, the MSO chorus.
Her adventurous and imaginative spirit made the everyday extraordinary. Cardboard cutouts and old pieces of fruit became a legendary birthday party for her sons. She rode motorcycles, flew planes, and once flew herself, after using rollerblades and a towel to catch the wind. Later in life, the “magic closet” in her East Troy home was a source of wonder for her beloved grandchildren.
Always quick to laugh, she loved a noisy game of cards with dear friends, golf, kayaking, writing poetry, and quiet moments by the waters of Booth Lake.
Mary Louise passed away April 19, 2017 after battling mesothelioma. She loved, and was loved. She will be missed. Mary Louise is survived by her husband Tom, children Evan, Charles, Rebecca, and Michael, and grandchildren, Edward, Storm, Estrid, Elena and Hannah, as well as five siblings, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
A memorial will be held May 13 at St.Paul’s Church, 914 E. Knapp St., Milwaukee, WI, with a visitation at 12:45 p.m.and services beginning at 2 p.m. For more information, visit caringbridge.org/visit/marylouiseewing.