DYE - Marie (As written by Marie herself) Dye, Marie, passed away on October 21, 2013 at age 95 in Astoria , Origin at Longwood. Predeceased by her husband, Francis (Frank) Royal Dye in 1996 and her parents John & Nellie Hayes in 1950 and 1936, respectively. No other of Marie's relatives survive. Born in London, England, Marie came to Canada with her parents when she was two years old. She lived in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto, where she received her education in various schools. Just prior to outbreak of World War II, in 1939, she attended the University of Toronto for classes in professional writing. Then she signed on for a wartime job with the Inspection Board of the United Kingdom & Canada, continuing studies at night. In 1945, she was transferred to the British Admiralty Technical Mission in Vancouver, BC where she met and married Lieut. Frank Dye in March 1946. In 1946, Marie was given her discharge so was able to go to the UK with Frank who was not demobilized for several months. In October 1947, the couple returned to Canada to Toronto for 16 years, returning to Vancouver in 1963. Marie chose Mitchell Press to use her writing skills, and later went to BC Forest Service and Canada Customs. In 1979, the couple chose beautiful Nanaimo for their final home. They were both very active in the community as members of United Way, SPCA, Bowen Seniors and, with love of the arts, especially theatre, joining the Nanaimo Theatre Group and the Nanaimo Arts Council. Doing much voluntary work, they both were honored by Life Membership in both organizations. She was historian for both. She also used her writing knowledge to accept a photo-journalist job with the local press, but failing vision put an end to all but historian for NTG. After Frank's death, Marie adopted a foster child in Uganda and joined Operation Eyesight Universal and is a Legacy Member of the Hospital Foundation. For her over 25 years as historian for NTG, she was honoured by their renaming the NTG Bursary for education in theatrical arts, the Marie Dye Bursary in May 2005. No flowers or memorial service by request. If desired, donations can be made to charity of choice.
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Published in Nanaimo Daily News and Harbour City Star from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2013