m oeschnerLooking for a larger home for herself, her husband John, their then 1-year-old daughter Sylvie (now 17) and their 2 dogs Mary Lou Oechsner is so happy they settled in Avondale Estates.

Originally from the Garden State of New Jersey Mary Lou moved to Atlanta in the mid 80s. She followed her dream of acting and worked on many Atlanta stages including The Academy Theatre, Horizon Theatre, and a few national touring shows.

After marrying her talented chef husband John she paused her acting career to explore another interest – floral design. Her business “Fleur de Lou” provided floral designs for many weddings and special occasions.

Although she still enjoys designing flowers for a few select clients, she became certified as a reading specialist and offers tutoring.

In addition to membership in the Garden Club Mary Lou enjoys her book club, handwork club, and sharing wonderful meals with her family and friends – especially at the pool!

Mary Lou has contributed to the Avon Garden Club in many ways over her years of membership, but most will remember her beautiful flower arrangements that have graced Avon Garden Club’s Holiday Dinner for many years. She also has presented programs on flower arranging at several of our general membership meetings. She has been a member who has always answered any call for help with grace and good humor.