Mary Jane Dimitrenko
September 23, 1919 – December 27, 2020
Mary Jane Muir Hynd Dimitrenko, “Auntie May” Born on September 23, 1919 in Seattle, Washington, she was fourth and last child of Scottish immigrants Catherine and James Hynd. May attended local schools, enjoyed sports and swimming and Green Lake, and was called a “tomboy.” She left school before graduation, having taken a job to augment the family finances. A few years later she met Victor Dimitrenko, whom she married in December, 1945, shortly after he returned from service in World War II. Their only child, a daughter, was born in 1946. May and Vic bought a house in the Greenwood District of Seattle in mid-1974, where May lived until her final years. She was a real housewife: she cared for her husband and daughter, and sometimes her father, tended her flower garden and kept her house. Her favorite pastime was bowling: she was a member of many teams over the years, participated in many tournaments, won many trophies, and made many friends. May was a loving aunt to her numerous nieces and nephews. She was a University of Washington Husky football fan and attended many tailgate parties with her family. She was a member of Woodland Park Methodist Church for many years, where she was often known as “Auntie May.” May was preceded by her brother John and sisters Anne and Catherine. Victor passed in August of 1975. May lived alone until July of 2014 when she moved into ETD Senior Home Care in Bellevue, close by her daughter’s home. She asked to be known there too as “Auntie May.” She was expertly and very lovingly cared for by the Illiuc family, who hosted a 100th birthday party for her in September of 2019. She is survived by her daughter Elana.
May had a sweet smile for everyone and was loved by all who knew her. She lived a good long life, and will be sorely missed. My husband called her saintly With that I won’t agree But I know I loved her dear, She meant the world to me.
A memorial service will be held at Acacia Memorial Park when allowed, perhaps to celebrate her 102nd birthday on September 23, 2021.
Mary Jane Dimitrenko
January 4, 2021
Elana I am so sorry for your loss. My mom, Shirley Nelson and I spent so much time with Auntie May, bowling , drinking coffee with my Grandma every Tuesday after bowling. Your family were my very first neighbors all those years ago. We lost my mom 4 years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Gerri Anne Nelson.