Mary Lafaye Gore was born May 1, 1933, in Comanche, Texas. She was the daughter of Ultric P. Gore and Lillian Brooks.
After graduating high school, Mary attended Tarleton State University and North Texas State University graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.
She married Gail W. York on August 10, 1951. Mary and Gail had one daughter, Gala.
Mary was a media buyer for Glenn Advertising Agency and later a mortgage broker for American General. Mary was a teacher in Comanche in the subjects of English, History, and Government. As a business woman, Mary was involved in the retail business in Comanche as well as helping her husband in the real estate business with Comanche County Real Estate, Arrowhead Land Company, and York Appraisal Company. Mary was active in many civic organizations and clubs. She worked with the Hospital Auxiliary and the Presbyterian Church of Comanche.
Mary Gore York died April 14, 2009.