Merrill, Mary (1853–1924)

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Merrill, Mary (1853–1924)

American social-welfare worker. Name variations: Mary Sroufe Merrill. Born 1853 in Diamond Springs, CA; died 1924; m. John Francis Merrill, 1874; children: 6, 4 of whom survived to adulthood.

Became San Francisco society leader; served as founder and member of many charitable organizations; served as president of San Francisco Red Cross; was a founder of Pacific Dispensary for Women and Children, San Francisco (1875, presentday Children's Hospital); served as director of San Francisco YWCA; served as 1st director of Asilomar, CA (1913–c. 1924).