Mary Louise Tyler
UNADILLA — Mary Louise Tyler, 92, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014, at UHS Wilson Memorial Hospital Johnson City.
Mary was born July 17, 1921, daughter of the late Leon and Lena Sawyer, in Bainbridge.
She graduated from Sidney Central High School in 1938.
Mary was accepted as an art design major at Buffalo University, but circumstances prevented her attending.
In the interim, she worked at Scintilla Division of Bendix Corp. (now Amphenol), where she met and later married the late Arthur James Tyler on March 22, 1940. They shared 70 years of married life together.
Mary was an artist and poet throughout her long and productive life. In her early years, artistic expression unfolded, as her flower gardens filled the spaces surrounding her home. Bountiful arrangements appeared at Sidney Hospital, piano recitals, Sidney school ceremonies and the First Congregational Church in Sidney, which she and her husband, Art, joined in 1949.
The floral gardens expanded to herbs: culinary, medicinal and floral. From this, Mary, as a master gardener and herbalist, and Art, formed the “Herb and Candle Loft” as a seasonal business for more than 10 years. All of the teas, seasonings, vinegars, flowers and grasses for wreaths and original designs, jewelry, hand-dipped beeswax candles and specialty art forms created from cones gathered by them both — were hand grown and developed in their own gardens. Happy years of exploring together, to find just the right beauty of nature for new themes, filled their lives.
Mary enjoyed a life-long interest in “birding” and viewing wildlife, which she shared with her family and friends.
Mary was an avid photographer and maintained a developing darkroom in her home. She worked for Mills Studios, Sidney, as a colorist (hand painting photographs) for high school senior pictures for many years. Her colorist techniques, for nature themes as well, were sought out by others admiring her work.