Mary Lou Estes was chosen as the 2018 Parade Marshal. Prior to her husband Bill passing away in 2013, they celebrated 62 years of marriage. Bill and Mary Lou were also selected for the 2003 Mr. and Mrs. Osage City. They had three children, Glenda, Emporia; Ron (Susan), Wichita; Rich (deceased in 2014). Mary Lou gets extreme joy being with her six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Over a period of years after Mary Lou retired, she and her husband Bill hosted exchange students from nine countries including Sweden, Japan, Norway, Czechoslavakia, Italy, France, New Zealand, Thailand and Finland.
Mary Lou has been a long time resident of Osage City. She retired from the Social Security Administration in 1989. Since 1989, she has been on the Fair Board and domestic science department during the fair. For several years she has served as the 4-H cooking instructor for beginning 4-H youth. She works on the election board for the Barclay Township. Mary Lou is a member of the Methodist Church, Red Hats and Jersey Creek Club. She likes to do gardening and planting flowers. Also enjoys having company stay overnight and looks forward to the grandchildren spending weekends with her. Mary Lou is always available and willing to assist when someone needs help at the school, church or other activities. Mary Lou was very excited and pleased to have been chosen for this year’s Parade Marshal.