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978-0-9671734-0-5 / 096717340X

Mary's Way A Memoir of the Life of Mary Cooper Back

by Lamb, Ruth Mary

Publisher:R.M. Lamb

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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About the book:

Mary Back wore many hats during her 86 years - artist, naturalist, wife, Wyoming pioneer, dude rancher, airplane mechanic, hiker, hunter, author, and philosopher - to name a few. Her passion for life is captured in this memoir, based on her letters and journals. Compiled by her niece, Ruth Mary Cooper Lamb, Mary's Way invites you to see through Mary's eyes as she makes her way from the mountains of Vermont, to Berea college, nestled in Kentucky Mountains, and finally to Art School in Chicago. After falling in love and marrying artist-cowboy Joe Back, they head for the Wind River Valley of Wyoming in 1935. Their struggles, first to survive, and then to become successful full-time artists make for absorbing reading. Mary's spunk and ability to see the good around her, help her develop a unique philosophy, centered in the interconnectiveness of life, that will capture you, heart...and soul. Mary left a rich legacy, though she and Joe left no children:

The Wind River Valley Artist Guild... celebrating fifty years of

annual exhibits in 1999...

Hundreds of folks motivated to try their hand at art...

Mary's own paintings of Wyoming...

Joe's books, sculptures, and bronzes, that wouldn't have happened

without Mary's support...

Mary's book, Seven Half Miles from Home, Notes of a Wind River Naturalist... Her love-based theology

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