Mary was born and raised in Connecticut. After graduating from Vassar College in 1975, she married Michael, and concentrated on raising a family as a stay-at-home mom. She has 11 children. (Eight daughters and three sons ranging in age from 23 to 50). She homeschooled the children for 22 years. Her oldest daughter is adopted and her youngest daughter has Down Syndrome. Being a stay-at-home mother for all those years has been the greatest privilege of her life.