A Worcestershire historian and novelist, who was an expert on Barnt Green and the Lickey Hills, has died aged 93.
Margaret Mabey, of Sandhills Road, Barnt Green, lived in the area for 47 years, and was well known as the local historian.
She wrote the History of Lickey Hills and The Windsors of Hewell and drew intricate maps of the area which she exhibited when she gave talks on local history.
Before founding and helping to run the Lickey Hills History Society she and her late husband Cyril Mabey were governors of Barnt Green Village School.
Mrs Mabey ran the Barnt Green library, and was the last voluntary librarian in Worcestershire, only retiring when all the small libraries had closed down.
The daughter of William Fyfe, who was principal of Aberdeen University, she was born in Oxford in 1912.
She studied politics and economics at Oxford University, where she met Cyril Mabey. They married in 1938 and lived in Sierra Leone and Nigeria for 25 years after he joined the colonial service.
On their return to the UK, they moved to Barnt Green, in Birmingham, and Mr Mabey was secretary to the governor of the King Edward Schools for 19 years, from 1958 until he retired in 1977.
Their daughter Lucy Akehurst, a violin teacher at Birmingham Conservatoire, said: "My mother was 48 when they bought their first home in Barnt Green, and it was quite an adventure.
"But she got bored very quickly and started running the mobile library."
At about that time she wrote and published the first of several novels, Janet Mariner, under her pen name, Mary Hamilton. Mrs Mabey loved acting, and joined a local drama group and wrote plays for them to perform. They entered and won several competitions.
But local history became her consummate interest and she started the Lickey Hills Local History with the postman, Gilbert Herbert.
Mrs Akehurst said: "Some of the maps she drew were just amazing. They take your breath away, they are so beautiful. She was very very knowledgable. The local children always went round to see her when they had local history projects to do for school."
Mrs Mabey continued to write until she began to go blind, and even then she composed hundreds of comic verses about politics and current affairs, which her family wrote down.
Mrs Mabey is survived by her two children, Lucy Akehurst and David Mabey a professor at the School of Tropical Medicine in London, and her seven grandchildren.