Death of Myra Beath

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FORMER Kirkriggs headmistress Myra Beath died suddenly on Sunday, November 27.

Ms Beath was born in Kinghorn, Fife in 1937 where she spent the first ten years of her life.

She then moved to Dysart, Kircaldy where she attended Kirkcaldy High School. Academically gifted Ms Beath also found success on the sports field and soon became hockey captain.

After her secondary education, Ms Beath attended Murrayhouse where she received her Primary Diploma and where she was described as “very promising”.

The first school in which she taught was Valley Primary, again in Kirkcaldy, before transferring to Denend School in Cardenden.

It was after these first few years of teaching in Fife that Ms Beath moved to Forfar where she took up a post at what was then known as the West School in 1964. Only a few years later she was promoted to deputy headteacher in the late 1960s.

During her early years in Forfar Ms Beath took part in the Primary Memorandum which led to the reorganisation of primary education a few years later.

Always the “high-flyer” Ms Beath became headteacher of Kirkriggs in 1971 where she was one of the first female heads in Angus.

During her time as a teacher she created a “Story Hour” which was popular with many children in the Forfar area during the years it ran.

Ms Beath retired in 1993 but remained highly thought of and much loved by both the staff and former pupils who greatly respected her.

In her retirement, Ms Beath dedicated herself to caring for her partner who had long-term ill health.

She was also devoted to her family, especially her niece and nephew Faye and Michael.

Ms Beath was a keen cook and enjoyed shopping but will mostly be remembered as a much loved sister, aunt and friend.

The funeral will be held at Parkgrove Crematorium on Friday, December 2 at 12.30pm, and all friends and former colleagues are invited.