was a real lady; a lady of great faith, a lady of great dignity, a
lady with a great spirit, and we will all miss her very much
indeed.” That was
how Rev Dave Whiteman described Mrs Jean McCrindle at her funeral
service last week.
“Jean McCrindle was truly an amazing person and she lived such a
She was born
Jane Whiteford at Crosshill on the 28th February, 1910
and she certainly didn’t look her 96 years. When she left school
Jean worked at Mulvein’s as a clerkess and she used to cycle into
In 1938 Jean
met and married Willie McCrindle and they were married in Wellpark
in Maybole. As was the way in those days Jean stopped work.
She had lots
of interests; she enjoyed tennis, playing on the court where the
swimming pool is now; she was a very keen golfer, being Ladies
Captain in 1953, and she was proud to
tee off in the
millennium year at the age of 90.
run the Tufty Club, teaching kids road safety; she was a member of
the Townswoman’s Guild; she helped with the Red Cross down at
Maybole shore, she was a member of the swimming club which met at
Maybole shore; and she helped at the Ailsa Hospital.
Jean was very
talented, she was a keen dressmaker, she loved to knit and crochet,
and she helped make costumes for the gala.
Jean was a
wonderful baker and cook, and her tablet was divine; she made tablet
for sales of work and she made it for “the old folk” as she called
them - most were younger than her! She also made tablet to raise
money to save the library.
were limitless; she was a great Burns person and many a discussion
she had with the Rev Johnson about Burns. She wrote poems herself
and she often wrote odes for family occasions, and the family homes
are adorned with Jean’s tapestries which were just beautiful, and
she knitted dolls for charity.
Jean was a
great country dancer, in fact she taught the staff in Fairknowe
country dancing. She played hockey, she played the mandolin. There
was no end to her talents, she even tried painting and decorating,
she loved gardening and was so knowledgeable about the garden and
plants and regularly took cuttings home. Jean was just a powerhouse.
Jean of course
was a woman of faith and the church was a big part of her life. She
was a Sunday School teacher, teaching the boys’ class. She loved
singing and loved to hear the children sing. Jean sang in the choir
for many years and took part in church concerts; and she was very
much involved with the Guild. Her faith meant a great deal to her,
and she knew her bible very well.
people, she was always up the High Street talking to folk, she would
talk to everyone.
Jean was a
great one for stories, you could listen to her for hours, the things
she remembered were amazing, she told me about the evacuees that she
took in during the war from Glasgow. She told me about the wee
Jewish tailor up School Vennel who made coats out of old blankets,
her stories were so interesting.
was a real lady, everything for Jean had to be just so, politeness
was important to her and “please” and “thank you” were regular words
on her lips. Jean was fiercely independent, and so determined. I
never heard Jean have a bad word to say about anyone, and I never
once heard her complain, all she always said was that she was
She was a lady
of great, great dignity, she had such a strong will; you knew if she
wasn’t happy about something though, she would let you know, but
never nasty. Jean always saw the funny side of things, in fact she
was an unconscious comedian, she was so funny, she would laugh
telling you a story and couldn’t get the story out for laughing.
Jean was never
ill all her life, she had a strong will and fought to the end, she
had such a great spirit; if you were down at all she cheered you up
- she was amazing. She told me once that the only time she ever
fainted in her life was the day
she watched Ladyland School burn down.
would like to say a special word of thanks to Fairknowe Nursing Home
for the care and the love they showed Jean above and beyond the call
of duty. Jean as I said loved children, her eyes lit up when
children entered the room and it was so lovely that she saw Sharon’s
will be missed.”