MARY LOUISE STRINGER LEA
Photographer / Peace Activist
Passed away on November 25, 2012 at her home in McLean, Virginia surrounded by her loving family with the help of Hospice. Born in Glenns Ferry, Idaho on December 11,1927, Mary was the youngest of the seven children born to Ruth Lenore Perry Stringer and John Edward Stringer. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, George Lea, three daughters, Nora McCray, Tarey Lea and Diana Lea, as well as six grandchildren and two sisters.
Mary touched many lives with her passion, irrepressible creativity, sense of humor and compassion for others. She called herself, "The Concerned Photographer" and described her camera as her "choice of weapons". Through her voracious appetite for knowledge and insatiable love for current political events, she was anything but complacent to the suffering of others. Always ready to document with her photography she worked tirelessly for peace with Women's' Strike for Peace and The Grey Panthers. She called herself a "professional volunteer" as she generously gave her time and artistic talents to People to People Committee for the Disabled, the Washington Ethical Society Prison Reform, and in raising awareness of the plight of wild horses on public lands in the western US she helped pass the "Wild Horse and Burro Act ". Her creativity was passed on to her daughters who paint, pot, and sew.
Mary leaves behind many amazing photographs and the countless lives that those images have touched. She was a founding member of the Northern Virginia Camera Club and active in the Mclean Art Club, as well as the Daughters of the American Revolution, Freedom Hill Chapter. She was always willing to share her "pictures worth a thousand words". She will surely be missed. A private service for Mary will be held in her home. Please view and sign the family guest book at