Frye, Mary E. (1905–2004)

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Frye, Mary E. (1905–2004)

American poet. Born Mary Elizabeth Clark, Nov 13, 1905, in Dayton, Ohio; orphaned at 3; moved to Baltimore at 12; died Sept 15, 2004; m. Claud Frye (ran a clothing business), 1927 (died 1964).

Grew and sold flowers; wrote the well-known 12-line bereavement verse "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep" (1932), which circulated privately among the populace. Though she never published or copyrighted the poem, it is often featured at memorial services, especially those brought on by disasters.