Jean Dyer, 89

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CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — Jean Dyer, 89, died May 16.

She was born Oct. 21, 1923, to Clarence and Elva Lombard of Dedham, Mass. As a child, she spent her summers on Chebeague Island. She graduated from Bates College in 1943 and served as secretary of her class from graduation until her death.

Before marrying Henry Dyer, she worked in the publishing industry in Boston. After they were married, the couple moved permanently to Chebeague.

In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, Dyer will be remembered for her active engagement in the civic affairs of the island community. She was an active member of the Chebeague United Methodist Church and taught school on the island for 18 years.

She was a tireless advocate for the organization of the Casco Bay Island Transit district and worked hard for policies such as mainland parking for island residents.

She had a passionate interest in the preservation of sustainable island communities and was a relentless advocate for the environmental health of Casco Bay, serving on the Board of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership from its inception. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Casco Bay Estuary Partnership in 2005 for her work for the protection of Casco Bay.

Dyer lived and enjoyed the last seven months of her life at Chebeague Island Commons.

She is survived by her son, Willard Dyer, of Chebeague Island.

A memorial service will take place on May 24 at 1 p.m. at the Chebeague United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chebeague United Methodist Church.

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