Mary Dyne (1929 - 2021)

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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 the R.N.L.I.

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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