Marie Batey has brought up a family whilst also occupying her time cultivating an allotment to provide vegetables and free-range eggs. She also builds kennels for her racing greyhounds.
In later years, for her leisure, she was on the committee of the local working men's club, which was one of the first clubs in the north east to accept women on the committee. Playing darts for the local league was one of her happiest times. Marie is seventy-nine years of age and lives with her husband of fifty-nine years. Having raised a family, they are now in their twilight years. It is with her husband's help that Marie completed The Life of a Greyhound Called Katy.