IT was with great sadness that many people the length and breadth of Wigtownshire learned of the death of Thea Wilson from Stranraer just after the turn of the year.
Thea, who was in her 88th year, moved down to the town from Glasgow as a young married woman when her husband Jack took over the dental practice there.
Over the years she became well known and liked in a variety of organisations through her love of sport and the company of others.
Thea was born in Glasgow on May 27th, 1924, the only girl in a family of four and was very close to her three brothers - Jack, George and Stanley. She was educated at Albert Road Academy and on leaving worked as a bank clerk before getting married.
Her first encounter with her future husband was in the dentist’s chair when he attended to a troublesome tooth.
It was love at first sight and they went on to have four children - Diana, Peter, Jacquline and Stanley.
As well as rearing a family of four, Thea took up golf and water skiing and became Wigtownshire ladies golf champion two years running in the early 1970s, the first over 18 holes and the second time over 36 holes.
She was part of the Galloway Ladies team that had a rare outing to compete in the Scottish Area finals. Thea was a proud member of both Stranraer and Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Clubs and was made an honorary member of Dunskey.
Curling was her winter sport and she played regularly for Limekiln and Stranraer Ladies Curling clubs and won many club and ice rink competitions including the prestigious Lyburn Trophy.
She also represented Stranraer Ladies at inter-club competitions.
Thea was also a great supporter of her family’s sporting exploits, taking herself off to Bulgaria at the age of 80 to cheer on her son Peter when he played for Ireland in the European Curling Championships.
Thea made a host of new friends there, as always, and never shied away from the opportunity to party.
She thoroughly enjoyed travelling around the world and loved soaking up the sun.
Thea loved her garden and especially growing different types of roses.
Never one to let the grass grow she decided to take up scuba diving in her 70s and a couple of years ago, on an overnight stay in Glasgow for a minor operation, she and Jack spent the evening before her surgery enjoying a night out at a city centre casino.
These are two perfect examples of Thea’s attitude to life.
Most of all she loved her home and family. She was immensely proud of all her four children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren, supporting them through both good and bad times with her unique brand of love, humour and practical advice.
Thea was a great friend to many, she was interested in people and she always had time for a blether and to listen to what was happening in their lives.
One of her happiest days came two years ago when she and Jack celebrated 60 years of marriage with a Diamond Wedding lunch party for family and friends.
That day her husband paid a moving tribute to Thea thanking her for all the happy days, months and years they had shared together.
Thea Wilson was a vivacious, dynamic woman who always had a smile on her lips and a sparkle in her eye.
She will be very much missed by all who knew her.