Well-known Forfar woman dies

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The funeral took place on Friday of well-known Forfar woman, Marian Shepherd, who died suddenly while on holiday in Portugal with her husband, Albert.

Marian (76), was born on June 22, 1938, to Allan and Frances McLeod of North Street dairy. She attended the North School and then Forfar Academy. She was an active Brownie and Guide and attended Sunday School at the East and Old Church.

She worked briefly at Kirkwoods Engineering, Lochside Road before moving to Lambs Lemonade, West High Street.

At 16, Marian met the love of her life, Albert Shepherd. They were engaged in 1956 just before Albert’s National Service. They were married at the East and Old Church on October 23, 1958.

They spent three years in Basildon, Essex, but returned to Forfar in 1963.

Marian became involved with St John’s Young Wives and Mothers Union. She worked part time as a clerk with Angus Meats before moving full time to Motor Taxation in High Street. Albert was manager in Remploy, Dundee and in 1972 Marian became social worker with the deaf. In 1980 she obtained a Degree in Social Work from Gardyne College and resumed work at the Centre for the Deaf, Roseangle, Dundee. She was later appointed Principal Social Worker for Tayside and the Western Isles.

After early retirement in 1994 she did voluntary work with the Angus Access Office.

Marian and Albert travelled extensively from China to the West Highland Way - including 28 cruises.

She was a founder member and past president of the ladies’ section of Forfar Bowling Club, past president of St John’s Tuesday Club and past president of Kingsmuir SWRI.

She is survived by Albert, sons Alan and Iain, five grandchildren: Ashley in Portree, Matthew in Aberdeen, Joanna in Norway, Rosalind in Edinburgh and Laura in Dunfermline with great-grandchildren Halle, Kaleb and Ella.