Globetrotting Anna’s final homecoming

Anna Harress with daughter Abigail
Anna Harress with daughter Abigail

A globetrotting grandmother The Falkirk Herald once dubbed “Jet Set Mother” has come home to be buried in Falkirk.

Anna Harress, nee Craig, died aged 84 in Auckland, New Zealand, on July 16 was flown home so she could be buried with family at Camelon Cemetery following a funeral ceremony at St Francies Xaviers.

Anna hit the headlines in 1984 when The Falkirk Herald reported the frequent flier lifestyle which saw her regularly jet out to South Africa to visit her daughter Abigail and attend two weddings of her children on the other side of the world in the same year.

Born in 1931, Anna spent her early life in Argyle Avenue, Falkirk, attending St Francis Primary School. She married husband Lleo in 1949 and the couple lived in Bainsford.

Anna’s travels began in 1950 when she and Lleo emigrated to Toronto, only to return to Falkirk in 1954 where Abigail was born.

In 1975, with the family now living in Stenhousemuir, her son Warner sadly died and shortly afterwards Abigail emigrated to South Africa.

Lleo died in 1991 and Anna emigrated to Auckland to be closer to her family there.

Abigail said Anna, who is survived by three children and seven grandchildren, made many great friends around the world.