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Dilys Makin (?–1939)

Adelaide loses by the death of Mrs. Dilys Makin, announced by cable from England yesterday. She was an able and enthusiastic welfare worker, a capable organiser, and a charming hostess.

Mrs. Makin's welfare interests were many and varied, but it was in connection with the Lady Victoria Buxton Girls' Club and the North Adelaide and Walkerville branch of the District and Bush Nursing Society that she was most known as a social service worker. Her generosity in lending her charming and spacious home in Mills terrace, North Adelaide, for many charitable functions, and in giving so much of her time and ability to make them successful, will be greatly missed by those organisations which benefited from her enthusiasm.

Mrs. Makin's love of motoring and love of the country, especially the outback, were apparent on her many trips to the stations of Koonoona and Winnininnie in which her husband is interested, and she easily and happily adapted herself to wayside meals and outback conditions.

Mrs. Makin flew to England in June with her only child, Paul, who is now studying at Caius College, Cambridge, and who, having passed all the tests, is waiting to be called up for the Royal Air Force. While staying with her only sister (Mrs. Palmer), Shinfield Grange, Reading, Berkshire, she contracted pneumonia, and although a more reassuring report of her condition was received early in the week, she died on Wednesday. Mrs. Makin before her marriage was Miss Dilys Jones, of Melbourne.

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