Devoted her life to the Red Lichties

The late Mrs Margaret Ripley.
The late Mrs Margaret Ripley.

An Arbroath lady who was an ever-present behind the scenes at Gayfield for more than 50 years has died aged 67.

Margaret Ripley (nee Nicol) attended Parkhouse School then Hayshead Primary School and Arbroath High School.

She left school at 16 to start work at Giddings & Lewis-Fraser Ltd., in Arbroath as a clerkess remaining there for four years. She then moved to Inglis Shepherd in Dundee where she worked until she stopped to have her family.

Mrs Ripley resumed her working life by joining the staff at Lord Snooty’s in Carnoustie and then moved to work until her retirement with Dick Precast, first in Monifieth and later in Carnoustie.

She married Robert Alan Ripley in March, 1967, in the United Free Church, Arbroath.

Mrs Ripley was a keen Arbroath Football Club supporter and worked at Gayfield in all manner of posts, from the pie huts to selling season tickets to running the treasurer’s office, where she worked for both George Potter and then her husband, Alan.

Her daughter, Alison, said: “The only job she hadn’t tackled was playing but she could certainly pass comment on the game!”

She gave more than 50 years to the football club before leaving in 2011 to largely devote her time to caring for her grandchildren, Erin, Cerys and Harris.

Nothing made her happier than seeing them and she enjoyed many trips to the park and beach to play. She liked taking them to dancing, swimming and all the many activities she helped to encourage.

In her spare time Mrs Ripley loved to knit and sew, or bake. Her shortie was world famous and was enjoyed by many.

She and Alan loved to travel, having made many trips to New Zealand to visit school friends from Arbroath. They also enjoyed taking weekends away to their caravan in Dunkeld, often with the grandchildren in tow!

Mrs Ripley enjoyed the company of family most but had a good number of close friends with whom she enjoyed a blether. She especially looked forward to her Monday night girls’ club.