Mary Dyne (1929 - 2021)
Mary Dyne a long time stalwart of
Thurrock Local History Society sadly passed away on 20th May
2021 from Bowel Cancer.
Mary, an only child, was born on 13th October 1929 at 9
Whitehall Lane, Grays to Eva and Henry Dyne. This was to be
Mary’s lifelong home. Educated at Grays Convent she went on to
University where she studied structural engineering, (very rare
for a woman at that time) in which she worked all her life.
Mary loved driving and her first car, of which she was very
proud, was a Standard 8. Society members would remember her Ford
Anglia estate which she drove everywhere and looked after
lovingly. She was involved in the Girl Guide movement in her
youth and adult life. Although interested in the Quaker movement
her regular place of worship was St. Mary’s Little Thurrock.
Together with John Webb, former Chairman of the Local History
Society, she wrote a history of the Church. Mary joined the
History Society committee in 1992 and served until April 2013.
She helped out with the teas at meetings as well as at the
Orsett Show and Horndon Feast and Fayre. She was well known at
committee meetings for her lovely sense of humour. Mary was a
keen Family Historian being a member of the Thameside Family
History Group for many years. She was also very interested in
Mary was truly a very nice trusting lady who took people at
their word because she believed people told the truth. Anyone
who visited her house will know she was very well organised but
when I think of Mary I think of her white trainers which she
wore where ever she went and I expect she is wearing them now.
Mary Dyne’s funeral service was on 23rd June at St. Mary’s
Church, Little Thurrock and she was cremated at Corbets Tey.
Appreciation by Susan Yates
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