Mary “Sue” Elizabeth Stone - Generational Award Honoree
Inspired by a mother who broke her own gender barriers, Mary “Sue” Elizabeth Stone never let anything slow her down. Born in 1915, she joined Girl Scouts in the 1920s as a member of Riverside Girl Scout Troop 5 in Harrisburg. As a youth, she camped at Pine Grove Furnace Girl Scout Camp in Franklin County, earned her Golden Eaglet (the equivalent of today’s Gold Award) and traveled to Our Chalet, a Girl Scout World Center in Switzerland. For that trip, she represented the Pennsylvania region as one of five girls selected nationwide to attend an international encampment. She served as a Girl Scout leader during her years at Wilson College, and after graduating in 1936, she continued to stay involved in the program. She and her husband, Wilson Everhart, had three children, including two daughters who joined Girl Scouts in 1952 as Brownies, with Sue serving as their troop leader. Both daughters, Margaret Burton Conners and Jane Murray, who are now in their 70s, became active Girl Scouts as campers and counselors, earned their equivalent of the Gold Award and helped open Camp Small Valley in northern Dauphin County.