A love of the arts, a sharp wit and a love of communication are among the traits her friends say they will remember most about Marie Dye.
Dye, who was a resident at Origin at Longwood care home, died Saturday.
She was 95.
She was a writer and photographer, and was an arts correspondent for the Nanaimo Daily Free Press.
Neither she nor her late husband, Frank Dye, was an artist nor a actor, but both were made lifetime members of the Nanaimo Arts Council and Nanaimo Theatre Group.
It is a testament to their dedication to the arts.
"I always remember her coming in, very energetic, very enthusiastic," said Nanaimo Arts Council member Rod Corraini. She gathered the histories of both organizations, which are now held in the Nanaimo Archives.
Sheila Coultish met her in 1980. She recalls them joining NTG, and "eventually we made her a life member.
"When we did that, she said: 'I'll try not to live too long,' "Coultish said with a laugh.
"She was a great talker. And she loved to write."
Born in London, England, Marie was two when her parents moved to Canada, first to Ottawa, then Montreal and Toronto. She started writing at the University of Toronto, in 1939.
Her studies continued at night during the Second World War, while she worked a government job during the day.
In 1945, she was transferred to Vancouver, where she met and married Lieut. Frank Dye.
In 1979, the couple made Nanaimo their home.
Failing eyesight cut short her reporting career. After Frank's death, in 1996, Marie adopted a foster child in Uganda and joined Operation Eyesight Universal.
To acknowledge her years as NTG historian, the NTG bursary for theatrical arts was renamed the Marie Dye Bursary in 2005.
"She had such a good brain," said Arlene Blundell, NTG member. "She had a loving nature, for people and animals."
Dye has no surviving relatives. Her father, John Hayes, died in 1950. Her mother, Nellie died in 1936. No service is planned.
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