The organization committed to bringing Mary Worth back to the Washington Post
Mary Worth is a newspaper comic strip syndicated by King Features and created by writer Allen Saunders and artist Dale Connor in 1940, under the pseudonym "Dale Allen". The title character, a 60-year-old former teacher and widow of a Wall Street tycoon, lives in the Charterstone Condominium Complex in fictional Santa Royale, California. In this pioneering soap opera-style comic strip, Mary Worth serves as an observer of and advice dispenser for her fellow residents, tackling issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, infidelity, and teen pregnancy. Originally titled Mary Worth's Family, its title was shortened in 1942, at which time artist Ken Ernst succeeded Connor. The strip is now written by Karen Moy, with artwork by Joe Giella.
Most reference sources state Mary Worth was a continuation of the Depression-era strip Apple Mary, created by Martha Orr in 1932, centering on an old woman who sold apples on the street and offered humble common sense. King Features denies that Mary Worth was a continuation of the earlier strip.
In Summer 2006, Moy's handling of the strip during a plotline in which Mary was stalked by Aldo Kelrast (an anagram of "stalker"), a Captain Kangaroo lookalike who may have killed his late wife, drew media attention. An intervention staged by Mary and her friends drove Aldo to returning to finding comfort in alcohol, which led to his death in a drunk driving accident where he drove off a cliff. A subsequent plot development is the arrival of Ella Byrd, another elderly dispenser of advice who arouses feelings of jealousy and inadequacy in Mary.
Sources: King Features and Wikipedia