Mary E. Edmondson, artist, dies at 94

December 4, 2013
Mary E. Edmondson

Mary E. Edmondson, a local artist who displayed her paintings, drawings and woodcut prints at the Art League in Alexandria in the 1970s and ’80s, died Nov. 18 at her home in McLean. She was 94.

The cause was a bowel obstruction, said her nephew Thomas D. Edmondson.

Mary Ellen Edmondson was born in McLean. She later lived in Union Bridge, Md., and then in Arlington, where she graduated from Washington-Lee High School in 1938.

She was a 1943 graduate of the old Abbott Art School in Washington and received awards from miniature art societies in the District, Georgia and New Jersey, her nephew said.

In the 1940s, she was an artist and illustrator for the Farm Security Administration, the Petroleum Administration for War and the Bureau of Reclamation.

She was active in the Democratic Party and was a precinct and poll worker in McLean for many years.

She was a member of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington and the Franklin Area Citizens Association in McLean.

She had no immediate survivors.

— Emily Langer