Elma Stevenson RIP


Elma Stevenson was born on 17th May 1937 and was the youngest of three children to John and Ann Stevenson of Gateside, Ayr.

She was educated at Ayr Academy and Wellington School Ayr and was accepted for a teaching course at Jordanhill College but declined to take this up and took a post as a scientific assistant at The Hannah Dairy Research, Ayr before going home to help on the family farm.

Elma was greatly involved in Ayr and District Young Farmers' Club and was Secretary in the club's 21st year and helped to produce plays for the club concert in the Civic Theatre. She was a member of Auchincruive WRI and was treasurer of the WRI Ayrshire Federation for 3 years. Her last employment was as a Finance Assistant at the Ayrshire Hospice.

Elma was a very active lady who enjoyed sport. She was a member of Seafield Ladies Golf Club for many years and curled with Fairywell, Stair and Beresford Ladies Curling club's and finished up playing with Ayr and Alloway Club. Her claim to fame was winning an eight ender trophy whilst with Stair club and also winning the Ayr & Alloway Pairs Competition with David Gray and also in 2019 with Willie Scott. She really enjoyed curling and eventually played using a Cue and was known to be the secret weapon in many of the teams she played in. She gifted a lovely Chrystal Trophy to Ayr and Alloway Club which is contested as a Cue Competition.

She was a member of Alloway Bowling Club, was keen Bridge player and enjoyed playing Canasta and Mah-jong socially.

Towards the end of 2020 Elma had a few falls in the garden and in her home and attended hospital on many occasions for X-rays and scans. Eventually she had to go to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow for tests to find out what was causing the problem. It was diagnosed that Elma had a very rare progressive condition for which there is no known cure and she died on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

Elma was a one off in many ways and will be missed by all who knew her.