Mary T. Estrin
Kansas City, MO. Animal lover Mary Tralle Estrin joined her menagerie of Silky Terriers in the great beyond on August 18, 2021. She outlived two husbands (Bud Tralle and Dick Estrin), but only one of her many dogs outlived her.
Born Mary Ellen White to Beatrice Manka White and Herschel Francis White, she was raised by her mother to be independent and resilient. Her mother was a seamstress at Nelly Don and made all Mary’s clothes.
Mary was known best for supplying animals for advertising photos. She could find any animal needed for a photo session and coax it to pose just as the art director had imagined.
She worked with all types of animals, mostly dogs and cats, but also lions and snakes! Photographers described Mary as “feisty, passionate and amazing”.
Mary was a breeder of Silky Terriers and also groomed dogs and dog sat. She was very active in the Silky Terrier Club of America, judging at dog shows in Kansas City, around the country and the world (even Australia).
In earlier years, Mary modeled and assisted in doctor’s offices. She worked for Schaefer Associates during gift shows at the Kansas City Gift Mart from 1986 to 2003.
Mary was quite proud of her three tattoos, especially the dog bone anklet. When she had a pacemaker implanted three years ago, she was appreciative that the doctor did not disturb her nearby tattoo!!
Cremation. Services Pending.
Donations to Wayside Waifs would be appreciated.