A GOOD friend of the Guide & Gazette, Annie Luke Thompson (pictured), died peacefully at home on Saturday after a brave battle against cancer. She was 75 years of age.
Annie was born and brought up in the old Cottage Dairy at the foot of Victoria Street in Carnoustie. She attended Carnoustie Public School and Arbroath High School then took a speech training course at Dundee School of Music. In 1958 she gained her Teacher’s General Certificate after a course at Dundee College of Education. Annie then attended the University of St Andrews where she undertook a Biblical Studies course from which she graduated with second class honours. She then studied Advanced Biblical Studies at Kings College, Aberdeen, graduating with second class merit in 1964.
She began her teaching career at Glebelands Primary School, Dundee, and at the same time was a Sunday School organiser for the Church of Scotland. A year later she became a teacher of RE, remedial and English at Stobswell Secondary School, Dundee where she remained until 1965.
That year she joined the editorial staff of D.C. Thomson & Co., initially in the Dundee office and then with The Sunday Post in Edinburgh. She retired in 2002
Annie also attended the Scottish Churches Open College during 1998/’99 and in November, 1999, became a Reader. She was ordained a Ruling Elder in February 1994, a post she held until last year, and recently became a freely elected Elder within the Angus Presbytery.
Annie’s Christian faith was very important to her. She was a strong supporter of Barry Parish Church and was an enthusiastic fund-raiser. She undertook pulpit supply and conducted funerals. She also realised her life long dream to go to Oberammergau which was fulfilled just three years ago.
Her wide range of interests included amateur dramatics, with a preference for the wardrobe department. She was involved in Girl Guiding all her life and was a member of the Trefoil Guild.
Annie was a member of Carnoustie Twinning Association and also gave talks to guilds, WRI groups, etc. One of her passions was dressing historical costume dolls and houses, a subject on which she was a knowledgeable speaker. Other interests were crafts, the Puffin Club, reading and reviewing books, local history and, amazingly, Star Trek. She also conducted guided walking tours round Barry and Panbride.
She spoke five languages and could converse comfortably in both French and German.
Annie’s knowledge of the local area was outstanding, and she on many occasion she assisted the Guide & Gazette by supplying information for ‘Yesteryear’ pictures for the newspaper.
Her funeral took place at Barry Parish Church yesterday (Thursday).