Hurricane Katrina

Mary "Kelly" Dyer, 83, Waveland

You may have tasted Mary "Kelly" Dyer's pepper jelly from her booth at the Hancock County Farmer's Market or sampled some other food she was demonstrating at the grocery store.

She was the blonde in her late 70s who was fond of wearing pearls.

"She did some work periodically, like serving food at Wal-Mart or Winn-Dixie," said her neighbor Clarisse Hively. "That was how she earned a little extra money. She lived on money from Social Security and a pension from her husband, whom she loved dearly. He had passed away in 1987 or 1988 right after we moved across the street."

Dyer lived on Grass Street in Waveland with her cat and a Pomeranian dog in a neighborhood of brick houses on the north side of U.S. 90. She often baked cakes and gave them to neighbors.

Hively had asked Dyer to ride out the storm at her house, but she wanted to stay home. The neighborhood had never flooded before.

"We thought we were well protected, but we got fooled," Hively said. "We had an attic and a pull-down ladder. I suppose Kelly did not."

The neighborhood won't be the same without Dyer.

"She always brought us pralines at Christmas," Hively said. "We're going to sorely miss her."