She Could Describe Artifacts Kept Secret From The Public
At the age of 52, Dorothy moved to Abydos, close to the Temple of Seti I, to continue her work as the first female draughtsman for the Department of Antiquity. But it wasn’t her first time there; she had previously visited the Temple of Seti I to revel in her ancient memories, and also help others by using her vast knowledge of Egyptian history. It was during one of those visits that she was ‘tested’ by the resident chief inspector – he knew her reputation and wanted to verify her authenticity. He had her stand near artwork and paintings in the temple without any light, and asked her to identify them. He was absolutely astounded when she recalled them easily and accurately, despite the fact that the paintings were not publicly known at the time. She continued to work there for the rest of her professional life, and helped many Egyptologists translate enigmatic and difficult hieroglyphs and writings.
Long after her retirement, her son Sety, who had since moved to Kuwait, offered to have her live with him, but she refused; she was dedicated to the Temple of Seti I. She spent every morning and evening praying in reverence to the gods of Egypt; there was no world for her beyond that country. On April 21st, 1981, Eady, also known as Omm Sety, died at the age of 77 in Abydos, Egypt.