Mary (Gayles) Raynor Dibble of Eastport died at her home on September 29. She was 89.
Ms. Dibble was born in North Carolina on July 29, 1924. Her parents were farmers, raising primarily tobacco and cotton. During the Depression, the family moved to Long Island seeking employment because her father knew people living in the area.
Eventually, the economy became so severe on Long Island that the family moved back to North Carolina. During that time, she became a member of the Island Creek Baptist Church. Hardship struck when a hailstorm destroyed the year’s entire crop, and the family moved back to Long Island and rented a home in East Moriches. This house was totally destroyed in the 1938 Hurricane. It floated across the bay during the storm and was later torn down to build the East Moriches Coast Guard Station.
The family moved farther east to Eastport, where Ms. Dibble attended Eastport schools. Upon her graduation from Eastport, she attended Adelphi University and after college graduation was offered a teaching position at Eastport High School. She taught several subjects, but home economics was her favorite. She later earned her master’s degree from New York University and also belonged to the Phi Beta Kappa sorority. Ms. Dibble eventually became the full time home economics teacher in Eastport for the next 35 years.
After retiring Ms. Dibble enjoyed many hours of quilting. She was a member of the Long Island Quilters Guild. She also enjoyed basketmaking and became president of the Long Island Basket Guild. She was also a member of the Basket Weavers Guild of Eastern Long Island, as well as the Northeast Basket Makers Guild. She attended many conventions in North Carolina, Connecticut and Vermont. She taught many basket weaving classes and had quite a following.
Ms. Dibble also belonged to the Oyster Ponds Historical Society and Riverhead Jamesport Homemakers. In addition, she was a founding member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Eastport Fire Department. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
She is survived by a sister, Etta Tuttle of Eastport; a nephew, Louis Tuttle and wife Diane of Eastport; nephew Tim Tuttle of Latham; two great-nephews, Todd and Brad Tuttle; two stepchildren, Franklin Raynor and Jessie Fentnor; and many step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her two husbands, Ronald H. Raynor in 1970, and John E. Dibble in 2005.
Funeral arrangements and services were handled by the Follett and Werner Funeral Home in Westhampton Beach, with Pastor Charlie Young of the Eastport Bible Church officiating at the funeral. Interment took place at the Eastport Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.