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Tributes paid to Dunipace environmental campaigner Michelle Miller Allen

Michelle Miller Allen worked tirelessly to improve the environment in and around Denny and Falkirk

Michelle Miller Allen worked tirelessly to improve the environment in and around Denny and Falkirk

 

Tributes have been paid to an environmental campaigner who swapped life in New Mexico for Dunipace and helped lead a revival of the River Carron.

Michelle Miller Allen, who died on April 18 aged 64, co-founded the Communities Along the Carron Association (CAtCA) in 2010 after moving to the district five years earlier.

She was described as a tireless community champion who loved the footpaths and greenspaces in and around Denny and Falkirk, and worked hard to improve them for the benefit of all.

Born in North Carolina in 1949, she travelled extensively in her childhood due to her father’s job in the United States Air Force.

After studying in New Orleans, Michelle eventually settled in New Mexico.

She worked as a paralegal for many years but also found time to write several books and plays.

After the death of her husband in 2002, Michelle moved to Dunipace in 2005 and quickly fell in love with her adopted homeland.

Christine Bell, who co-founded CAtCA, said: “We were introduced by Councillor John McNally as we both had a shared interest in our local area.

“Michelle loved the Scottish countryside but she despaired at the amount of litter. She worked hard to improve things and helped make a massive difference in a short time.”

A memorial service was held in Delta Art Studio, Larbert, on April 26.

 

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