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Photo of Mary Hays MarableMary Hays Marable was born on October 13, 1889 in Osborne, Kansas.  Her father, an attorney, moved the family to Oklahoma the following year.

Mrs. Marable worked for the Oklahoma City library and for the Oklahoma Library Commission from about 1910 to 1929. She was a student at Oklahoma City University from 1926 to 1930 and worked on the staff there from 1927 to 1939. She joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma in 1937 and remained there for 22 years. She received a master’s degree in Library Science in 1943 from the University of Illinois.

In 1952 Mrs. Marable received the Oklahoma Library Association’s Distinguished Service Award for her work as a head librarian for Oklahoma City libraries and her years as librarian at Oklahoma City University. She was President of OLA in 1943-44 and 1944-45.

Mary Hays Marable died in Oklahoma City on November 4, 1959. She was 70 years old.

For many years she wrote book reviews published regularly in the Daily Oklahoman. Less than two weeks after Mrs. Marable's death, Edith Copeland, in her "Books in Orbit" column, wrote of her:

She had an inexhaustible desire to communicate her love of good books, and to stimulate such love in other readers. She had an absolute unquestioning faith in the importance of books for young people, and the highest standards in the quality she demanded from those books. . . . So respected was her judgement of children's books that teachers wrote from many countries, asking for lists of books on certain subjects, for the names of the best illustrators, for books to help children of other tongues learn English more easily. Mrs. Marable always answered carefully and at length, sometimes even enclosing book jackets to illustrate her points.1

Her obituary was published in the January 1960 issue of the Oklahoma Librarian. In it, author Elizabeth Cooper wrote of Mary Hays Marable:

To each of us she was an inspiration–a challenge.  To all of us she taught patience and service and a strong endurance.  She touched our lives gently and with kindness, and gave us friendship and love and infinite understanding.  She instilled in us pride in our profession, respect for its service, loyalty to its ideals and principles.

She had a great dignity, a serene manner and a quiet humor.  There are those who rarely call her by name, but speak of her as "that lovely lady."  To one of her students she is associated always with snow white handkerchiefs, to another with white roses, strangely, since that was not her favorite flower.  For many she stands for strength and courage and quiet purpose.  Dr. [Arthur M.] McAnally has called her a "warmly loved person," perhaps because she was a warmly loving woman.

God gave us her light–it will be with us always.2

1Edith Copeland, “Books in Orbit,” The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK, November 15, 1959), 100.

2Cooper, Elizabeth, "Mary Hays Marable," Oklahoma Librarian 10, no.1 (January 1960): 24.

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