Betty was well-known in hotel and community life

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A WELL-KNOWN Forfar woman has died at the age of 87 after a long illness.

Elizabeth Ramsay Yeaman (nee Tough) was born in Victoria Street, one of three sisters, in 1924. She was educated at the North School and then Academy Street before joining the Army just as the Second World War broke out.

During her time in the Army, Elizabeth, known to many as Betty, was posted in various locations throughout Britain in her role as a Wireless Operator.

She left the army in early 1947 and returned to Forfar to work in the national insurance office in Castle Street. It was while working there that she met her husband Morris Yeaman. Morris regularly took stamps from the Royal Hotel, which his parents owned at the time, to be stamped for the staff.

Betty and Morris married at the East and Old Parish Church on November 30, 1950 with a reception in the Royal Hotel.

They started their married life in Forfar but it was not long until Betty’s uncle nominated them, as was the custom at the time, to travel to Australia where he owned a store in Maleny, Queensland.

In the beginning Morris helped out at the store but the couple then travelled to Brisbane where they started their own business – a theatre store.

During their time in Australia the couple started a family with their first child, Craig, born in Maleny and their daughter Kim being born in Brisbane.

After seven and a half years in Australia the family travelled home to Forfar to Morris’ father who was suffering with MS.

They soon bought the Royal Hotel in Forfar themselves where they lived and stayed until 1968 when they moved to their family home at Barronhill.

Over the years Betty and Morris also bought the County Hotel in Forfar, the Bruce Hotel in Carnoustie and the Seaforth Hotel in Arbroath and ran the four hotels together.

Betty was also keen on charity work and was a member of the lifeboat committee for many years – even winning a medal in Glasgow for her services to the cause.

Well-known in the town, Betty was a member of the Inner Wheel for many years and served on the district committee as secretary. She also founded the Ladies Luncheon Club and was president for the first two years. In her spare time Betty was a very good sailor and enjoyed yachting with her husband around the coast of Britain and the Mediterranean.

She was also a doting grandmother to her seven grandchildren and one great grandson.