11. Feb, 2015

Anne Hill

Anne Hill, formerly of Craigallen has died at the age of 99 years. Anne and her husband, the late David Hill moved to Craigallen in 1951 where they remained for over 50 years.  They had three Children, Angela, Fiona and John who was born at home in Craigallen. Anne was one of 11 children including a brother Alec in Austrailia who lived to be over 101.  Her own mother lived to be 100 years and received her telegram from the queen.  Anne was the last remaining sibling.
I first met Anne and David in 1990 when we moved to East Haven and was invited in for a neighbourly cup of coffee. I was fascinated to hear that Anne had undertaken nurse training between 1937 and 1941 at Dundee Royal Infirmary.  Training was very hard in those days with the students only getting one day off a month!  Following her training in general nursing Anne did Midwifery and Public Health nursing.  It was whilst she was a Public Health visitor (referred to as the brown ladies due to their uniform) that she met David in 1947.  The first few years of married life were spent in Dundee before moving to Easthaven.  It was David who suggested Easthaven as he had spent happy holidays here as a young boy. Easthaven was an idyllic environment to bring up their three children although Craigallen needed many improvements before David and Anne moved in having no running water or electicity!  Anne lived on at Craigallen after David passed away in 2001 but after a few years moved to sheltered housing and finally to Braehill Residential Home in Carnoustie. We were really delighted that Anne was well enough to be able to attend our East Haven 800 summer festival last year and enjoy the commemorative music that was played at our opening event. 
(Photograph shows Anne and David on the dunes infront of Craigallan in 1953 with Angela and Fiona).