Marilyn Amelia Dyer

May 23, 1931November 22, 2020

Marilyn (Maker) Dyer, 89, of Wellfleet went home to be with the Lord on November 22, 2020 after a brief illness. She is survived by her husband, Warren Dyer. The couple had just recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Dyer is also survived by her two daughters Amy Kmiec Patterson and her husband Bruce of Wellfleet, Heidi Dyer and her wife Martha Wheeler of Wellfleet and her son Herbert Dyer and his partner Deborah Williams of Seminole Fl. She also leaves 7 grandchildren Adrien Kmiec and wife Kathryn, Ainsley Kmiec, Alexis Kmiec Topolski and husband Morgan, Ariana Kmiec, Arielle Patterson Day and husband Joshua, Amelia Patterson, Rachael Dyer and 12 great grandchildren Kayla, Taylor, Addison, Gideon, Silas, Gabriella, Ashton, Henry, Zachary, Drake, Meredith, Tristan.

She leaves behind her brothers, Eugene Valli, Sherburne Valli and sister Lucille Baker. She is pre deceased by her brothers Charles Valli, Edward Maker, Ansel Valli Jr and sisters Althea Stetson, Barbara Souther, Lois Atwood, Virginia Fauquier and granddaughter Jessica Dyer.

Mrs. Dyer was born in Wellfleet, the daughter of Alice Maker Valli and Herbert Winslow Maker. She met her husband, Warren in elementary school and was sweet on him since 3rd grade. They married November 10, 1950 and over the years she has had many careers. Real Estate broker, hair dresser and cosmetologist instructor, registrar, Wellfleet’s first Senior citizens programs director, but the job she was most proud of and happiest doing was being a wife and mother.

Mrs. Dyer enjoyed singing in the church choir, handcrafts, and was an avid coloring book artist.

Mrs. Dyer touched many lives and will be remembered as a very special Aunt to many nieces and nephews, a good friend who is caring and generous to all.

Due to Covid-19 concerns the services will be private for the immediate family.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, PO Box 1300, Wellfleet, MA 02667 c/o steeple fund or a charity of your choice.


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Winthrop Farwell Jr.

November 27, 2020

Sincere condolences to the Dyer family at this time of sorrow. It was my honor and privilege to know the family during my time in Wellfleet.

Jennifer Brintnall

November 25, 2020

I have many fond memories of my “Auntie M” , including baton twirling lessons in the back yard and her famous theme parties at the Maine house. She had a knack for bringing people together and accepting and loving everyone. She brought out the best in people and is already sorely missed. RIP Auntie M and condolences to her family ❤️

Kevin Swart

November 25, 2020

I have many childhood memories from summers in Maine and stays on cape cod. All of which Marilyn was a part of. Always made me feel like like I was just another one of her grandchildren. I’m so glad to have seen her only days before I left Wellfleet last winter. My sympathies and condolences to her family.

Anna and Jim Annarelli

November 25, 2020

Marilyn was an extraordinary person--loving, thoughtful, generous, strong, faith-filled, and so very talented. She was a person of grace--truly a graceful lady-- who exuded an inner warmth and goodness that immediately drew you to her. She truly was a beautiful person and a beautiful soul, and she will forever live in our hearts.

We have been truly and richly blessed to have had Marilyn and Warren as neighbors in Florida for 29 years. Yet, they have been for us and for our two children so much more than neighbors. They have been cherished members of our extended family, sharing both the joys and sorrows of our lives. The births of both of our children, the passing of our parents and siblings, the many birthday and anniversary celebrations, our children's various graduations, and 27 straight Christmas Eve Italian seafood dinners at our home--on these and so many other occasions, they were there to celebrate with us, comfort us, support us, and love us. Indeed, they are now--and always will be--an integral part of the fabric of who we are. We love them both dearly. Each year, we would look forward to their arrival on the Sunday evening of Thanksgiving weekend. Conversely, we always dreaded the arrival of May 1 when they would leave us to return north for the summer. This Sunday evening, when they would normally arrive, we will look next door and, with both thankfulness and sadness, call to mind the years of joyfully welcoming them back to their Florida home.

We are confident that Marilyn is now in the arms of our Lord and we pray that Warren, Amy, Herbie, Heidi, and the entire Dyer family will be comforted in their loss.

Ellie Pugliese

November 25, 2020

I was at the Dyers for a dinner party and chose a picture colored by Marilyn. It said: “You are precious to God”and had #6 on the back which told you where to sit.
This precious card is on my fridge and will now remind me of Marilyn such a caring kind creative lady!

Barbara Hansen Basile

November 25, 2020

My grandma was neighbor to the Dyers so knew warren and Marilyn.....marilyn had same middle name as my mother, Jenny amelia Thompson. Sorry to hear. Condolences to Warren and family. 💖

Dawn Rickman

November 25, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. A very special lady and always greeted me with a smile.... Dawn Rickman

Katie Annarelli

November 25, 2020

Aunt Marilyn was not just a neighbor, but a part of our family as she was like grandmother to my brother and me. She never forgot a birthday or special occasion and was always so welcoming whenever we dropped by her home to say hi. There are many fond memories when thinking of her: from running over to her house with other neighborhood kids, to sitting with her and Uncle Warren after locking myself out of the house, to my most recent visit during which she showed me her extensive coloring book collection. I will greatly miss seeing her during the winter months and spending Christmas Eve together. Her incredible kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity will live on in our memories. We will be thinking of her and the entire Dyer family this holiday season.

Mary Dwyer

November 25, 2020

Marilyn and I played golf together for many years at Chequessett . She was a lovely lady. I send my condolences to the family

Kathy and Walter Batchelder

November 25, 2020

We send our love to the entire Dyer clan. We know that the love you all shared will always be part of your lives. Heaven has a lovely angel.