|Annie Isabella Fraser Melville 1923 - 2004|
Annie Isabella Fraser Melville 1923 - 2004
Ninth and last surviving child of George Melville and Annie Fraser Ross.
Born at Culmaily where George was a ploughman.
in her early years in the local business of O M Fraser. Later she
worked as a cleaner in the primary and secondary schools and the
At the start
of the second World War Annie volunteered and joined the WRENS
with a posting to
In 1943 Annie
met her future husband Matt. He was
with the Newfoundland Forestry Unit, having volunteered in 1940. Matt was
based in Ross-shire and travelled regularly to Golspie to see
Annie before moving to the Newfie camp in Dunrobin Glen. They
married in Dingwall in 1945. First
living in the family home on
During the war many service personnel were billeted at Culmaily and many kept in touch with Annie and family. It was not unusual for 'long lost' friends from the war time to turn up on her doorstep to introduce their spouses and families to her. She corresponded regularly over the years with a number of those war time colleagues and former guests who had resided in the family house.
Annie was always a sociable person having many visitors, family and friends, to her home. And in her role as unofficial family historian and archivist her knowledge was avidly sought over the years. If you needed to know a birth date or a relationship then Annie was the one to ask. Brothers and sisters were always given a great welcome to her home and those further afield were never forgotten.
even went to
Annie and Matt had three sons, Allan, Ian and James. Four grandchildren, Avril, Fiona, Andrew and Scott, came along and then three great, grandchildren, Morven, Neave and Lewis. She doted on her family, grandchildren and great, grand children and looked forward to their visits. She was proud of her family and was quick to tell visitors about them.
Her last year
was a hard one for Annie with her time spent in the
sadly missed by all the family and especially great
grandchildren Morven and Neave who, from a very early age, got
very excited in the car as it turned the corner from
[Photos of Annie]
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