Mary Louise McCoy was born November 12, 1922 at Wintersville, Mississippi. Mrs. McCoy came to Champaign in 1944. She was featured in the Covering our Heritage: African-American Quilts of Champaign-Urbana exhibit held at Krannert Art Museum in 1994. She was about fifteen years old when she made her first nine patch quilt. She loves going to the Douglass Annex Senior Center and working on projects with other seniors.