Mrs. Orene Galyon Dyche of Edgartown died at Massachusetts General Hospital in the early morning hours of July 2. Orene, known to her family and friends as Nannie, was born in Cedar Fork, Tenn., on Nov. 5, 1912, to James Charles Galyon and Elsie Mae Snow Galyon. Together they produced seven children, and in 1923 James Charles moved his family to Sweetwater, Tenn., and opened up the first car dealership in the state.

Orene married her high school sweetheart, William Harrison Dyche, and they had two daughters, Doris and Mary Lynn. They settled in Tampa, Fla., and spent 34 years there. In their later years, Bill and Orene moved to Whidbey Island in Washington state. After Bill's death in 1983, Orene returned to Tennessee. Suffering some ill health, she moved in 1996 to Martha's Vineyard to be near her daughter, Doris, and family.

There have been sermons preached on Nannie, and if you had known her, you would understand why.

Orene is survived by her daughter Doris Dyche Ward and son in law, Douglas Churchill Ward, of Edgartown; a brother, Charles James Galyon of Sacramento, and a sister, Hazel Galyon Lovin of Atlanta. She is also survived by four granddaughters, Stacey Abbott Peppers and Amy Doris Bowen of Sacramento, Sarah Wells Bannister of Dorchester and Susannah Galyon Smith of Carver. Survivors also include great-grandsons Scott and Jeffrey Peppers and James Harrison Taggart, great-granddaughter Alena Bowen, many nieces and nephews, and two sisters-in-law, Mildred Dyche Rozic and Dorothy Dyche. Her daughter, Mary Lynn Boss, died in 1997, and a great-granddaughter, Isabelle Lee Bannister, died in 2002.

A memorial service will be held at noon on July 24 at the Federated Church in Edgartown with a reception immediately following in the church hall. Donations in Nannie's memory can be made to the Federated Church at 45 South Summer street, Edgartown, MA 02539 or Martha's Vineyard Community Services, Visiting Nurse Service, P.O. Box 369, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Interment will take place in the family lot this fall in Sweetwater, Tenn. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs.