The Honorable Mary W. Conaway was first elected as Register of Wills in November 1982. She is the 14th Register and the first woman to serve.
Mrs. Conaway is married, a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is a resident of Baltimore City, however, before coming to Maryland, she took up residency in North Carolina and New York respectively.
Comprising her portfolio of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies, she received the Bachelor or Arts Degree with a Voice Major and Education Minor, form North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina; A masters of Education in Special Education at Coppin State University, Baltimore, Maryland, a former Special Advanced Student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, and a Masters of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, District of Columbia.
Mrs. Conaway's academic credentials are more than mere paper through her successful employment as a Preschool Teacher, Music Teacher, Children's Program Coordinator, and a Resource Teacher for the Learning Disabled in Baltimore City and New York respectively. She is presently a seven term elected Register of Wills Baltimore City, the first Black and Female, an Ordained Elder for the Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Pastor of Cecil Memorial United Methodist Church in Annapolis (Parole), MD. She has been elected three consecutive times as a Delegate to the Democratic State Central Committee for Baltimore City.
In addition to her academic and elected credentials, Mrs. Conaway has traveled all over the United States, Virgin Islands, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Greece and Turkey, singing, speaking, lecturing and preaching.
She is affiliated with many organizations as: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Register of Wills Association (former First Vice-President and Secretary), NAACP Member, North Carolina University Alumni Life Member, BCCC Technology Advisory Board, The Annapolis District Clergy, The United Methodist Ebony Clergy Women, The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, and many others too numerous to mention.
Among her citations and awards, to mention a few, (2) Mayor's citation, (5) Governor's Proclamations, Humanitarian Awards, Maryland General Assembly Recognition Resolution, 1984 Church Woman of the Month, United Cerebral Palsy Humanitarian Service Award, City Council's Outstanding Accomplishment Recognition, Afro-American Outstanding Educator's Award, Who' Who Among Black Americans, mentioned in the History Book of Wilson, North Carolina, (3) Democratic National Convention Citations, Volunteer Service Award, President of Baltimore City Council Citation, The Governor's Most Valuable Citizen Award, the 2008 Maryland's Top 100 Women Award and the National Congress of Black Women 2009 Shirley Chisholm Award.
Mrs. Conaway has accomplished many things in her short life. However, her goal is not that she attains greatness in the eyes of men and women, rather, that she rises to higher heights, to use every opportunity to help the least of these, for what you do for the least helps everyone, but what you don't do, hurts everyone.