The Legacy of Marie Frances Spang

Marie Francis Spang

The Juliette Gordon Low Society was established to thank and honor friends of Girl Scouting who choose to make Girl Scouts a beneficiary of their estate plans. With foresight and planning, members ensure that our council can provide future generations of Girl Scouts with opportunities to reach their full potential. One such example is a generous planned gift made to GSEMA in honor of Marie Frances Spang by her nephew, Joseph Peter Spang, III, who passed away in May 2020.

Marie’s Girl Scout story demonstrates her passion for the mission throughout her life. Her involvement began in 1921 as a troop leader in Quincy, MA. She served as President of the Quincy Girl Scout Officers’ Association and served as a volunteer trainer. By 1947 she was involved in the Greater Boston Council in leadership roles, including Cookie Chairman, Program Chairman, and member, then President of the Board of Directors.

The Boston Globe, November 24, 1957

From 1951 to 1960 Marie served on the GSUSA National Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She also found time to serve on the “Friends of Our Cabaña” Committee created to support the activities of the WAGGGS World Center in Cuernavaca, Mexico which opened in 1957. For ten years until her death in 1972, Marie was a member of the Board of Directors of the Blue Hill Council, headquartered in her hometown of Milton, MA. Upon her death, she left a planned gift to help perpetuate the experience of camping for any girl who wished to participate. One hundred years after Marie became a Girl Scout Leader, her nephew Peter continued her legacy of generosity with an additional planned gift in her honor.

The support of the Spang family and members of the Juliette Gordon Low Society, make it possible for future generations of girls to reap the many benefits of Girl Scouting. Whether you’re a Girl Scout alum, current member, or dedicated volunteer—you too can help build the leaders of tomorrow by designating a planned gift through your will, trust or other account for Girl Scouts. Learn more about planned giving and how you can share your legacy with the next generation of girls here.

— Lynn Saunders Cutter

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