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Tribute paid to loyal Evanton postmistress


By Louise Glen

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VE Day at Castlehill House Care Home, Cradlehall business park, Inverness...Mary Macleod...Picture: Callum Mackay..
VE Day at Castlehill House Care Home, Cradlehall business park, Inverness...Mary Macleod...Picture: Callum Mackay..

Tributes have been made to a postmistress who served her community for more than 30 years.

Mary MacLeod of Post Office House, Evanton, sadly passed away, peacefully at Castlehill Care Home, Inverness on Sunday November 29 aged 75 years.

Her death brings to an end more than 70 years of dedication she, her husband Calum and their family before them gave to the Post Office.

Councillor Mike Finlayson, who lives in Evanton, led tributes to Mrs Macleod saying her years of dedication were appreciated by everyone in the town.

He said: “Mary is very sadly missed by many.

“The whole community was very saddened to hear of her passing.

“Mary was the postmistress for many years and the Post Office has been in her family for more than 70 years. Everyone’s thoughts go out to the family.”

In a tribute, her family said: “Beloved wife of the late ‘Big Calum’, loving mum of Tishy, Kay and Malcolm, doting granny and friend to many.”

Mrs MacLeod’s funeral was held on December 4, she was laid to rest in Kiltearn Cemetery. Due to the current restrictions, members of the community lined Evanton High Street to pay their last respects to Mrs MacLeod.

A spokeswoman for the Post Office said: “The postmaster for Evanton Post Office resigned after 30 years’ loyal service to the community, and sadly she passed away before Christmas.”

The spokeswoman continued: “Evanton Post Office is due to close on Tuesday January 12 at 1pm.

“The vacancy is advertised on our website www.runapostoffice.co.uk.

“We are working hard to restore service to Evanton as soon as possible as we know how important a Post Office is to a community.

“In the interim alternative branches in the area include Alness, Culbokie and Dingwall.”


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