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Mary Beatrice Dines (Colquhoun)


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  1. Thank you for being my mum and for being my lovely companion these last few months. We have had such an amazing time and I shall be forever grateful to have had this time with you. You and Dad gave us the best childhood in our rambling house on the hill, creating so many wonderful memories. I shall remember your beautiful face, your great sense of humour and your absolute need to have a good hairdo right up to the end! You have been the best Mother-in-law to John (someone has to laugh at his jokes) and such a loving Granny to Danny, Hazel, Mike and Gus. I love you, I miss you. Lots of love Trace. xxxxx

    Tracey Colquhoun
  2. Darling Mary. You were a gentle, kind soul. Always had a smile and sometimes a cheeky giggle to go with it! You were such a good friend to Steph and John. I know you missed Steph a lot. So I hope you two are organising a flipping good party up there! Don’t forget your legendary Dorset Apple cake! I have so many memories of you, as you’ve been there for so many family gatherings over the years. Plus we went on holiday at least twice. Once was the infamous skiing trip with all the Shepherds, Steve and Dave and Diana Farrell er al. What a laugh! The funniest holiday I have ever been on! Plus a “chip shop convention” (John shepherds title!) to Crete. Think you were an honorary member! And I loved seeing you in so many operatic productions. You certainly lived life to the full, as it should be. Have been thinking and praying for you and your lovely family. You will be sorely missed Mary. God bless. Lou, John, Arthur, Betty and Freddie Condie. X

    Lou Condie
  3. I feel very grateful that I shared such closeness with mum over the past year. We had some great times swimming in the sea last summer, walking to the Hide at Littlesea with Kitty, lots of time spent at cafes down town, watching Pointless. And the previous 58 years- too many memories to pick from. What a great mum, love you and miss you xxxx

    Jane Colquhoun
  4. Love and best wishes to the family at this very sad time ♥️♥️

    Daveena Tweed
  5. Thankyou Mary for helping Dad so much after mum died. You lost your friend as well as us losing our mum so it must have been a tough for you, Brenda and Shirley. I remember coming home from school and seeing you 3 sat at the kitchen table having a cuppa after hoovering and dusting that huge house. I hope you and Joe, and mum and dad have found each other again, you used to have such a laugh all together. Hope they have a dinner dance there so you can dance with dad, you always said he was the best dancer and all the girls wanted to dance with him at the lifeboat dinners! I’ll miss our warm hugs and catch ups. Lots of love to you. Dave sends his love too xxx

    Tracy Willcocks
  6. I wish I could have seen you one last time. I miss you. I want to hear your muttley laugh (that Chris says I do and that I sound like you) while we chat about crusty wassnames and Mr P Uffedout. I want to tut and roll my eyes when you ask if you have a hole in your hair at the back after you’ve curled it. I want you to ask me what’s occurring and finishing our Facetimes with ‘love to you all’. I love you mum – we never said that but we knew – and I can’t believe you’ve gone Xx

    Kate Colcutt
  7. I remember the lovely rambling house on the hill where you all lived when we were children and the amazing pipes you blew down to get attention from the top of the house to the bottom. Such vivid memories of coming to tea and always being so welcomed and part of the family
    It’s clear your family adored you
    I remember seeing you at the Swanage carnival with Jane a few years ago and thinking how beautiful you looked – I’m so sad your family are suffering and hope the amazing memories they must all have provide them with comfort

    Jen Lloyd-Jenkins
  8. Dearest Mary. So many memories, where to start? Maybe years ago when I started at primary school in Tripoli and you told me the cobwebs in the stone walls were bogies and be careful not to touch them! Fast forward 13 years and I came to stay with you and look after the children before I started at Bart’s. What fun we had pulling faces and singing silly songs to the children! Then I met my Hugh and started on our travels overseas, but we always made time to come and see you and the family on our leaves. Finally we returned to England to retire and I started to see more of you. I joined the Belvedere Singers with you and we did Stepping Out together, a never to be forgotten experience! We used to go shopping together in Bournemouth and Southampton and had many theatre trips together with Anne. And now all I have are memories of a beloved sister that I will miss forever. Rest in peace darling Mary.

    Jane Harries
  9. Thank you for being best Granny I could have ever hoped for, you’ve always been there for me and were one of the most important people in my life.

    We’ve shared so many memories together which I’ll always remember, there’s so many I could share. I’m so glad we came to stay with you at every opportunity we got, we had so much fun.
    We always laughed together when you caught onto stupid phrases I’d say, ‘kilonshee’ being one of them. We never actually knew what it meant but it always made us chuckle. I’ve found out it’s basically ‘what’s occurring’ and you said that a lot too, so it was spot on!

    Stan and Edie will never forget their Great Granny and are so sad that they won’t be able to see you again. You were always so loving and cuddly with them, you always made them laugh and always sang and danced along with them.

    I’m heartbroken I’ll never see you again. What I would do to just give you one last goodbye cuddle now. Your memory will live on with us all forever, you really were one in a million. We love you to the moon and back and are going to miss you so much. Sleep tight my beautiful Granny xxxxx

    Hollie Jones
  10. Dearest Mary
    Even though I am filled with sorrow knowing you are no longer on this earth in your lovely flat in Swanage, down the road from Tracey and Jane, I can’t ignore my overwhelming feeling of thanks having known you.
    I will be forever grateful that I was lucky enough to have had you in my life. It seems like it was only a little bit of my life because of circumstances but in truth you took up a big space because of who you were. I have never met another lady like you, you were uniquely wonderful. Loving and kind, talented and funny, your energy in a room always uplifting. You were the most gorgeous mum to your children and a beautiful partner to Joe. You were the coolest couple in spirit and every other way and I can only hope you are both together now.
    With very much love
    Cressida xxx

    Cressida Campbell
  11. Dear Aunt Mary, always with twinkle in your eye, a smile, a laugh, and so kind and friendly and easy to talk to! Always fun to visit you and Uncle Joe with Muz and Dad when I was little, although I thought our car would fall off the hill in Newton Road. Thanks for the coolest earrings for Christmas when I was a teenager! On visits from Germany with Hans and girls you’ve always had time and shown so much interest in our lives, during those lovely cliff walks or jumping the waves! You will be sadly missed by many, and most specially Jane, Tracy, Kate and Ian, and all your grand and great grand children, but they all have a bit of you in them! Love from Busy, Hans, Rebecca, Tessa and Sara

    Isobel Muir Ruckstuhl
  12. We both have very fond memories of sharing the stage at the MOWLEM with such a lovely friend. xxx

    Steve & Dave
  13. Dear Mary
    The last time I saw you was on Swanage beach when we were celebrating Steph’s life and we had a lovely chat and laughed about my time living with you for a couple of summers in Newton Road. I can’t quite believe now that we will soon be remembering your life but what a wonderful life it was. One sunny summers day many year’s ago, I sat with you, Trace, Ian, Jane and Kate while Joe projected your family images from reels of cine film onto the living room wall. It was magical, hilarious and mesmerising but gave me a snapshot of a really happy couple who clearly loved their family. I was honoured to be part of that for a very short period of my life. You had some tragedy to cope with Mary but you always came through it with a smile and your lovely laugh – I can hear it now. And you were so well looked after in the last few years by a family who obviously treasured their wonderful mum. Sleep well Mary. X

    Tracy Bowden
  14. My most enduring memory of Aunt Mary, as we knew her, was the remarkably positive impact she had on our Uncle Joe. A true angel, exemplified by her devotion to both her husband and our four Colqhoun cousins.

    Henry Joseph Colquhoun Muir
  15. Such a sorry time, but it is a joy to look through your lovely photographs and think of the love and kindness Mary brought to so many.

    Matthew Dines
  16. Well my darling Mary. What fun we have had. I did a little count up of all the different countries we visited together and it’s up to 15 and I’m not sure it finishes there. So much fun and wonderful memories. You’ve been a ‘Smashing’ friend and I will miss you forever. God Bless. Gaynor xxxxx

    Gaynor
  17. I sadly haven’t seen Aunty Mary for a while but my most abiding memory was visiting the “house on the hill” where Uncle Joe and Aunt Mary lived with cousins Jane, Ian Tracy and Katy……She was always smiling, happy and welcoming with a wicked sense of humour. Looking at the gallery and photos she doesn’t seem to have changed one bit over the years. With love

    Lucy Agnes Colquhoun Terris
  18. What a lovely person Mary was. When we first moved to Swanage nearly 23 years ago our daughter was just a baby – Mary was always sych a friendly person who would stop to admire my daughter and give words of encouragement, so helpful to hear kind words from a complete stranger! The last time I saw Mary in her element was on stage performing in “Stepping Out” – she was truly hillarious. Of course I have had a laugh with her many times since, but right there on the Mowlem stage is how I will remember her. She will be missed

    Jane Linger
  19. Thank you Mary for being a loved friend of my mum, Elizabeth, and wonderful wife to my father, Bob, and the best and kindest step mother. You and your family have always been so welcoming whenever I have visited Swanage and it was always so lovely when you were able to visit Australia. Your fish pie is a forever favourite, even though I can’t bring myself to put in quite so much marscapone. I imagine you dancing in heaven in one of your shows. Love Always Amanda

    Amanda Dines
  20. Ian, Jane, Tracey and Kate. I’m thinking of you and sharing Claudia and Simon condolences. Mary was not only a friend to me but we were family. We shared weddings, birthdays and any special occasions with our families together. My family and grandchildren have very fond memories of my special friend and she will be miss enormously.
    So love to you all from Gaynor and all her family. Big hugs. xx

    Claudia and Simon
  21. We will miss seeing Mary around town and sharing a cuppa on the beach. A lovely friendly warm person with a little cheekiness behind those sparkly eyes.
    Rest well Mary, It was a pleasure knowing you.

    Denise Taylor and family.

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