REES, Mary Tait

1887 - 1956

Mary Tait Rees was born at Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset on 26 January 1887 and baptised on 20 February 1887, daughter of Robert Montgomery Rees (1853-5 February 1925), a Wesleyan minister, and his wife Catharine Millar Tait (1861-29 March 1936), youngest daughter of Andrew Tait of Chester, who married at St Michael's Church, Chester, Cheshire on 5 February 1884. In 1891, Mary was a 4-year-old, living at The Crescent, Leicester with her parents, 38-year-old Robert and 29-year-old Catherine, with siblings Robert Athelstane Tait (1885-1975), Ronald Davis (1888-1975) and newly born John Rawlings (1890-1969). In 1911, Mary was a 24-year-old 'teacher at home', living at Epworth House, Paulton, Bristol, Somerset with her parents and siblings Ronald 22, John 20, Catherine Margaret 14 and Helen Elizabeth 7. By 1913 Mary was living in Southwold, Suffolk and in 1921 was a secondary school teacher boarding at Liscard, Christ Church Road, Purley, Surrey but in 1922 registered under the teacher registration council as of Southwold. A member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle in 1938 from Southwold and in 1939 was a house mistress, living at St Felix School, Southwold. Mary Tait Rees was of 6 Hampstead Hill Gardens, London NW.3 when she died at The General Hospital, Wrexham, Denbighshire on 20 August 1956, she was unmarried.