Reverend Mary Wessel discusses her childhood in New York City, describing her early interest in becoming a teacher and the biblical studies that were part of her education. She describes her move to Los Angeles, California, for her health and the teaching opportunities she enjoyed there. Wessell compares the societal differences between the East and West Coast. She reminisces about meeting her husband, and moving to Neinhart, Montana, as well as their travels to other parts of Montana. She recalls the birth of her children, her growing involvement with the church, and her ordainment as a minister. She frequently explains throughout the interview how chronic illness affected her life from childhood into adulthood.
Women ministers, Montana; Neinhart, Montana; Women in the church
Montana Women’s Oral History Collection, OH 049, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)
Wessel, Mary, "Mary Wessel Interview, August 11, 1981" (1981). Montana Women’s Oral History Project. 18.