Well known lady

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The death occurred at Stracathro Hospital on Friday of Shirley Mathieson who was well known in voluntary circles.

She had not enjoyed good health in recent years.

During the Second World War she was evacuated to Canada and on her return after four years she continued her education at Berkhamsted. She then went to Guy’s Hospital, London, to train as a physiotherapist.

In the late 1950s she moved to Glasgow where she met her future husband, George, who had finished his training as a lawyer from Glasgow University. They married in 1958 and lived in Arbroath where he was with Clark Oliver Dewar & Webster

Shirley continued her work with Angus Orthopaedic Services specialising in children. She gave this up to have their family of John, who now works in Silicon Valley, USA, and Elspeth, in Edinburgh

Art was one of Shirley’s main interests. She was a stalwart of Arbroath Art Society for many years and a contributor to the annual exhibitions.

Her other local interests included the Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild and National Trust for Scotland Angus Members’ Centre where she was chairman for several years. She was chairman of the former Inverkeilor Community Council and had a great interest in local country life being president of Chapelton and Colliston SWRIs.

Curling for the former Letham Grange Curling Club and golf occupied her spare time as did using her spaniel dog in the shooting field and playing the piano at church and SWRI concerts.