Dr. William Worrall Mayo Marries
On Feb. 2, 1851, Dr. William Worrall Mayo married Louise Abigail Wright in the Galien Woods of west Michigan, near Galien and Three Oaks. Coming from upstate New York, with Scottish and English ancestry, Louise Mayo proved to be a steadfast partner for Dr. Mayo and his varied career.
As mother of four surviving children (Gertrude Emily, Phoebe Louise, William James and Charles Horace) the intelligent and industrious Mrs. Mayo provided a home life rich in common sense and purpose. She was a successful milliner who helped steady the family income in its early years. Her strong interest in anatomy and botany stimulated her children's appreciation of the sciences.
Mrs. Mayo became a skilled medical assistant to her husband and in his absence aided patients until the doctor returned. Like Dr. Mayo, she lived a long, full life. She passed away July 15, 1915, during her 89th year. Her husband had died on March 6, 1911. They were married 60 years. At the time of their 60th anniversary, they were the oldest married couple in Olmsted County.