Mary Margaret Niebuhr of Arlington, Va., died on Oct. 15, 2018. She was born on Oct. 12, 1943, and grew up in Eau Claire, Wis. Mary graduated from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa in 1965 with a degree in English, and began her career in Minneapolis, Minn., first with the Augsburg Printing House and then at the American Lutheran Editorial Office. After earning a master's degree in linguistics from the University of Minnesota, she relocated to the Washington, D.C., area where she concentrated on her linguistics expertise, working first at the Center for Applied Linguistics and later at the Linguistics Society of America as Executive Associate for Publications, retiring in 2008. She also studied historic archeology.
Mary was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church, Arlington, Va., editing the church newsletter and serving on the Altar Guild. She volunteered many hours for a variety of organizations, including the Ball-Seller House, the League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, and Fairfax County Library. She was particularly proud of her volunteer work with the Washington Area Teachers of English as a Second Language and, most recently, the National Gallery of Art. Her passion for travel took her to every continent, often with her sister or other friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael T. Wilcox, in 1994, and is survived by her sister, Carol Park-Conroy (Coleman J. Conroy), of Alexandria, Va. Services were held on Oct. 22, 2018, at Faith Lutheran Church, 3313 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22203. Donations may be made to the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), 4318 N. Carlin Springs Dr., Arlington, VA 22203, or to a favorite charity.