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Mary Turkington

Mary TurkingtonKansas Historical Foundation
Board of Directors
Elected to board: 1998
Elected to executive committee: 2002
President: 2006-2007

Mary Turkington, a member of the Kansas Historical Foundation Board of Directors and form president (2006 – 2007), passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Topeka.

Turkington was born January 14, 1926, in Crawford County, Kansas, and grew up on the family farm. She graduated from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1946.

Following graduation she joined the Kansas Motor Carriers Association, where she was promoted to executive director in 1968, and served until her retirement in 1997. She was known as the “First Lady of Kansas Trucking.”

Turkington was involved with numerous professional, civic and business committees, community, public affairs, transportation, health, and historic, including the state’s political and early history. She was a member of the Smithsonian Institution, Union Pacific Station restoration campaign, local and national press organizations, and St. Francis Regional Health Center audit committee. She was active on numerous boards, including as chair of Kids Voting Kansas, St. Francis Hospital, Red Cross of Topeka, Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, Kansas Society of Association Executives, and the Kansas Turnpike Authority. She also served as president of Soroptimist Club and Topeka Capitals semi-pro baseball team. She was inducted into the Junior Achievement Topeka Business Hall of Fame in 2014.

She was “proud to be a Kansan where good citizenship counts."

An exceptional businesswoman, volunteer, and friend to the Kansas Historical Society, she was elected to the board of directors in 1998. She served on the executive committee from 2002 to 2011.

She was "proud to be a Kansan where good citizenship counts."