Hiebert, Mary J. Regier (1884-1970)
Mary J. Regier, b. 4 September 1884, d. 31 January 1970 exemplified the spirit of generosity. Following the destruction by fire of the administration building at Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS in 1918, Mary J. Regier, Tabor alumna (BA, 1924), sold 80 acres of land inherited from her father valued at $20,000, and gave $15,000 to the college as an annuity to build a women's dormitory. Her gift covered approximately one-half the cost of construction of the "Ladies Home," providing living quarters for women students' dining facilities for both men and women. Several years after the fire, while a student at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, she accepted the invitation to become the first matron of this home, a position with a large and varied job description. She continued in this position for 20 years, receiving only free board and room and the interest on her annuity gift. She left Tabor in 1940 to establish a rooming house for female students at Emporia, KS. In 1955 she donated $5,000 for the purchase of books for the new library to enable Tabor to comply with accreditation standards. At the age of 76 she married J. J. Hiebert.
Frye Horn, Wanda in Katie Funk Wiebe, ed. Women Among the Brethren. Hillsboro, KS: General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1979: 185-195.
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