About Mary Lou

Mary Lou Goertzen, born in 1929 in Kansas, was an American artist, Mennonite, and peace activist.

She was well-known for her pen-and-ink drawings highlighted with splashes of watercolor, most often of flowers and plants.

From 1980 through 1990, her drawings graced a series of porcelain china she designed for Block China of New York.

Mary Lou passed away on October 20, 2020 in the “blue schoolhouse” in Deadwood, Oregon, her longtime home.

Mary Lou Goertzen, August 16, 2013

Mary Lou Goertzen, August 16, 2013

Rich Family

Mary Lou’s family in Kansas in 1944. Mary Lou is on the far right.