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Name: DYER, Patricia Lorraine 'Pat', Mrs

Nee: dau of Joseph Francis Rooken-Smith, sister of Lesley Campbell

Birth Date: 5 Jan 1916 Nakuru

Death Date: 1987 Lambeth

Last Date: 1987

Profession: Owned and ran Lorraine's Dress Shop

Area: Nairobi, Ruaraka

Married: William George Dyer b. 1915

Children: Sidney; Gordon Ian (1946); Melvina

Book Reference: Women 2/87

General Information:

Women 2/87 - Pat was born Patricia Lorraine Rooken-Smith and after her childhood and primary years entered that grand old establishment the Kenya High School. At 16 years of age Pat went to her first job as child's nurse to the Waise family at Thomson's Falls. As Olive Waise, then a member of the EAWL, and Pat already an excellent needlewoman, we have to suppose that some of her smocking and needlework found its way into the homecraft exhibitions all those years ago. Shortly after that, Pat moved to the Coast for a while, and the mid-forties found her back in Nairobi, where from her flat in Regal Mansions, she, as Madame Lorraine, owned and ran that flourishing establishment, Lorraine's Dress Shop, making quite a name for herself with her hand made garments. In later years she turned her hand to farming when she and her husband George bought 20 acres in Ruaraka from her sister, Lesley Campbell, who many of you will remember. This was the start of Sidion Farm, the farm where Sid and Gordon grew up and where Melvina spent her babyhood and early years. Pat was running pigs, rabbits and poultry, breeding German Shepherds and budgerigars and I'll always remember her marvellous kitchen garden. Pat was well known in the showing world, winning many prizes with her chickens and rabbits and showing them so successfully that she won the much coveted Gold Cup at the Royal Agricultural Show for the exhibitor with the most points. Pat was a Master of anything she put her hand to, often leaving us Jacks well behind. Melvina has inherited many of these talents, being for many years, Pats dearly loved daughter and close companion. At the time of her husband's death Pat sold Sidion and she and Melvina moved to the house on Lower Kabete Road that we all know so well. Pat was always a kindly soul, never turning anyone away, there to share both troubles and joys. One of the world's workers she served on so many Dog Club Committees, as well as being a long-standing member of the Women's League, where she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. (S. Poole)

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