Family tributes for ex-teacher and musician
THE family of a former teacher found dead in Winterbourne have paid tribute to an "accomplished musician" who loved nature.
Mary Street, 68, went missing after leaving Greengates residential home on Southmead Road on the morning of September 22. Her body was found by police, in a field, six days later.
As a creative and talented young woman, Mary left her first job as a laboratory technician to go to university in London to study music, having already been a competent pianist and violinist.
She qualified as a Bachelor of Music before going on to teacher training college. Mary taught for most of her working life and became head of music at Merrywood Girls' School in Knowle West, and Whitefield Fishponds School.
In her leisure time she played in orchestras – some times at the Bristol Hippodrome – and was for a while the musical director of the Bristol Operatic Society.
In a statement, her family said: "Mary was an accomplished musician. She also enjoyed walking and loved the country and seaside, so maybe it was fitting that she passed away in a natural environment and not behind locked doors.
"We would like to thank all members of the police force who were involved in the search for Mary and also medical staff and Social Services, together with Teewell Avenue and Greengates care homes."
In later life, Mary suffered health problems, including dementia.
Her body was found off Swan Lane. An inquest will be held later.