Normally the last day of school before the Christmas holidays is a happy joyous affair but for Mill O` Forest School, the last day was tinged with sadness following the death of Mrs Anne Buckley on Thursday December 22. Mrs Buckley was employed as a Nursery Nurse in the school nursery and until her untimely death, was the longest serving member of staff. Her funeral was held at the West Crematorium in Aberdeen and was attended by over three hundred mourners.
Mrs Buckley was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on November 22 and underwent surgery to remove the tumour six days later. The operation was a success and Anne made sufficient progress to be discharged on December 7. However she was re-admitted to hospital on December 16 and following a range of tests it emerged that the cancer had spread to the brain. Mrs Buckley died at Kincardine Community Hospital.
Anne Buckley nee Cameron was born in Hamilton and grew up in East Kilbride. She moved to Stonehaven in 1987 with her husband and three children and started at Mill O` Forest in the autumn of 1988.
During her twenty three years at Mill O` Forest, Mrs Buckley worked with just short of a thousand children and families in the town and was known to many children, parents and grandparents. Anne was a dedicated and committed professional and her joy was in seeing individual children grow from when they started nursery to moving on to primary one. She knew and remembered all their names, even those who are now in their twenties.
Since Mrs, Buckley’s death her family have been comforted somewhat by the support and respect for Anne from current and former members of staff at Mill O` Forest. However the response and messages of support from the wider community of current and former children and parents has been almost overwhelming.
Away from her work Anne enjoyed reading, travel, going to the theatre and had a passion for cooking. She was also an avid Radio 4 listener. However the most important thing to Anne was her family. She enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her two grandchildren. Anne is survived by her husband Robert, son Paul, daughters, Ruth and Sarah and grand daughters Kirsty aged 7 and Eilidh aged 4 months.