Grangemouth lost a local champion and one of its most passionate campaigners last week.
Former community councillor Betty Adam died aged 82 in Thorntree Mews Care Home, Falkirk, last Friday. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer in January.
Born Betty Peters in London in 1933, her battling spirit and sense of justice was forged early on as she lived through the wartime Blitz.
She joined the Woman’s Royal Army Corps (WRAC) and married serviceman William Adam in 1953, spending the early years of their marriage living in the exotic locations William was posted to.
Betty spent 62 years together with William (84) and raised their family in Wood Street, Grangemouth.
Keith (55) came along first followed by Stuart (44), who had a twin brother Neil who sadly died in infancy.
The family grew over the years to include grandchildren Ruby (15) and William (14).
Stuart said: “Family was very important to my mum.”
A long-serving member of the Grangemouth Community Council and organiser of the popular annual May Fete, Betty fought alongside other parents in a bid to keep the former Abbots Road Primary School from closing in the early 1980s.
“That’s when she started making local councillors’ lives a misery,” laughed Stuart. “She loved Grangemouth and believed it was an industrial town which should encourage more developments to create more jobs.
“She was selfless.”
One of her proudest moments was back in 2011 when Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald invited her to the opening of the Scottish Parliament as his local hero.
Angus and wife-to-be Linda looked after Betty and gave her the full VIP treatment on that hot day in Holyrood.
At the time Angus said: “Betty Adam is one of those people who has earned the respect of their community through dedication and hard work.”
Betty’s funeral service will take place today (Thursday) at 3.15 p.m. in Camelon Crematorium.