In memory of
Mary Elizabeth Redman (Hayward) Dyer
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In memory of
Mary Elizabeth Redman (Hayward) Dyer
Mary E. (Hayward) Redman Dyer, 97 FREEPORT - Mary Elizabeth (Hayward) Redman Dyer of Oak Leaf Terrace died Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, at the Hawthorne House in Free-port, following a brief illness. Mary was born May 23, 1919, on the family farm on Beech Hill Road in Freeport, the seventh of nine children. Her parents were Bertha Jane Burgess Hayward and Walter George Hayward. Following her elementary years in the one-room schoolhouse on Beech Hill, Mary graduated from Freeport High School in 1937, where she played on the basketball team in the old Town Hall. In her early years, she was employed by L.L.Bean, typing names for the mailing list. When World War II broke out in December 1941, Mary married Chester Redman, and followed him to Fort Smith, Ark., where she attended a training school for a glider factory. She worked at the Naval Air Station in Brunswick and at the shipyard in South Portland, when her husband was deployed overseas. After the birth of two daughters and the end of the war, her husband went missing. In 1952, while working at L.L. Bean, Mary met Oral S. Dyer, and married him. A third daughter was added to the family in 1956. Oral's military career provided them the opportunity to live in Germany twice; West Point, New York; and Fort Sill, Okla. Upon his retirement, they built a home on the South Freeport Road and Mary returned to work at L.L.Bean. Upon retirement from L.L.Bean in 1979, Mary donated countless hours to the First Parish Church, the Freeport Elders, and in her later years, the Oak Leaf Seniors. She was a member of the Freeport Historical Society, and the Casco Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Her hobbies were many, including the Senior Bowling League at Yankee Lanes, and weekly painting with the Littlejohn Island Art Group in Yarmouth. Into her 97th year, she exercised daily by walking around town and gardening. She was a voracious reader. She loved Bradbury Mountain and Winslow Park, and any activities involving the grand- and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed making peach jam, playing caroms, watching movies, and eating potato chips in bed! Mary was a generous, dedicated, independent, hardworking, posi- tive role model for all. She leaves her children and their families with her values of compassion, honesty, and respect. Mary Dyer was predeceased by her parents, her husband, five brothers, and three sisters. She leaves three daughters, Jane Brogli, Polly Brann and husband Steve, and Ollie Groves and husband Karl, all of Freeport; along with grandchildren, Chris, Jon, and Sam Brogli of Freeport, Dan and wife Staci Groves of Durham, Beth and husband Brad Ross of Gray, Becky and husband Michael Walsh of Andover, N.H., Erika and husband Marcel Poulin of Lewiston, Michelle and husband Bill Fournier of Saco, Raina and husband Dave Maxwell of Yarmouth, and Stephen and wife Michelle Brann of Falmouth; thirteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. at the First Parish Church in Freeport. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the First Parish Church Congregational 40 Main Street Freeport, ME 04032
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