Our dear sister, Ann Cleland, was called home to be with her Lord on Monday 11 May 2020.
Her funeral service will take place on Tuesday 19 May at 11am at New Monkland Cemetery. Unfortunately, due to current restrictions, this is limited to immediate family only.
The early years
Ann Brown was born in the Golfhill area of Airdrie in 1925. Her father was a professional golfer who later worked as the Green Keeper at both Airdrie and Easter Moffat Golf Clubs. Along with her brother Bill, Ann (or “Bunty” as her family called her) developed a keen interest in the game and, although unable to join a club at the time, was considered the better player of the two by her dad.
Ann met John Cleland in 1953 and they were married four years later in 1957. Together they had two daughters, Audrey and Sandra, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Ann started attending Airdrie Baptist Church at the age of three with her family and became a member after being baptised aged 16. She was a faithful member of the Church for 80 years.
She was involved in a number of ministries at Airdrie Baptist, serving as a Sunday School teacher, a member of the choir and as President of the Women’s Meeting.
Ann also devoted 30 years of her life to the work of Christian Endeavour, serving time as the Secretary for the Lanarkshire area and one year as President. Following her retirement, she continued her association by contributing an article titled “Aunt Ann” in their monthly magazine.
When Billy Graham brought his mission to Glasgow in 1955, Ann volunteered both as a member of the choir and as a counsellor.
Ann developed Alzheimer’s Disease and spent her later years in Summerlee Care Home in Coatbridge. She was well looked after and it quickly became a second home to her. During her stay she enjoyed numerous visits from friends and a singing group from the Church.
The family have asked for donations to Alzheimer’s Scotland if you’d like to remember Ann in this way. Please remember John, Audrey, Sandra and the wider family in your prayers at this time.