This is Clare. She lived a full and rewarding life, all her life. She was 53 years old when she died in March 2009, five days before her 54th birthday. Clare was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, teacher and friend, all those things and a lot more. Most precious to her were her family and friends and for those she taught, she gave them not only a good education, but some much-needed TLC. She was just a beautiful lady.
We all know someone like Clare, someone very special. When they are taken from us we hardly know how to fill the void but when they touched our lives they made us stronger. Clare was taken away from us too soon but we keep her in our hearts.
My Mum passed away very suddenly in March of 2009, of a brain tumor just a few days before her birthday. It came as a massive shock and left us all in a complete state of disbelief as to how quickly someone can slip away.
All our family managed to get through to Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride to be by her side and her friends and colleagues rallied round to offer their support. It was a great show of affection to a wonderful woman who will be missed more than I can put into words. She always put others before herself and was stronger than I will ever be and she will always be in our thoughts.
I want to thank the hospital staff for doing a wonderful job and to all the staff and pupils who came to the funeral. It meant so much to us to see how much she was appreciated at the school and it gave us a deeper insight into her working life which she cared about so deeply.
A new award
Clare was an inspiration to all the pupils who attended Our Lady’s High School in Motherwell, particularly her RE and Registration Class and those who attended the Support Base.
Clare’s husband, John, donated a beautiful rose bowl for a special award in Clare’s memory. The annual award is in recognition of the efforts made by pupils to offer support to others in the school community and the winner of the award will have their name engraved onto the bowl.