Morag McGovern (26 Aug 1947 - 26 Dec 2017)

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MoragSt Andrew's Hospice, Lanarkshire

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Location
Holytown Crematorium Memorial Way Motherwel ML1
Date
9th Jan 2018
Time
3pm
Funeral Director
Dundas Fyfe Funerals

Cremation Details

Location
Holytown CrematoriumMemorial WayHolytown. North LanarkshireML1 5RU
Date
9th Jan 2018
Time
3pm

Funeral Reception

Location
Dalziel Park Hotel and Golf Club100 Hagen DriveMotherwellML1 5RZ
Date
9th Jan 2018
Time
4pm

In loving memory of Morag McGovern, who sadly passed away on 26th December 2017, aged 70.

Morag is survived by her husband of 48 years, Peter, her two children, Ross and Gary, and eight grand-children: Michael (7), Julia (5), Ben (3), Sam (3), Peter (3), Jack (2), Katie (20 months) and James (11 months).

Morag Hendry McGovern (nee Masson) was born in Airdrie in 1947 to parents Gordon and Sadie. Morag was the third youngest in a family of seven, comprising six sisters (Betty, Janie, Isobel, Morag, Shirley and Linda) and one brother (Ian). Morag was very close to her family and remained close to and in continuous contact with her sisters and brother throughout their lives.

Though a very bright and able pupil, Morag had to leave school prematurely to seek employment in 1962, aged 15, when her father sadly died, aged 51, and worked in a variety of roles during the 1960's, before joining General Motors, where she spent 8 very happy years, initially as a short-hand typist and latterly as PA to the Engineering Director. Two of her enduring traits were in evidence during this period, making life-long friends and pursuing academic education at evening classes.

She met her future husband, Peter McGovern, in 1966. Introduced at the wedding of Peter's best friend, Gordon Cavinue, Peter gave Morag a lift home and, to the backdrop of Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night", the two got to know each other, striking up a bond that was to endure all the highs and lows of life over a period of 50 years. Morag and Peter married on 30 May in 1969, at Flowerhill Parish Church, Airdrie.

Morag gave up her job in industry, primarily to look after her two sons: Ross, born on 6th May 1978, and Gary, born on 1 June 1980. Ever multi-tasking, whilst raising her sons and enjoying - and organising - family life, Morag began a writing career in her spare time, firstly producing light-hearted poetry before progressing into novels. During the 80s, Morag had 9 light romantic novels published by Hale, with subsidiary rights sold to numerous domestic and foreign publishers around the world.

With both sons settled in school, Morag resumed her education, as a mature student at Strathclyde University, graduating in 1991 with joint honours in English and Psychology, then gained a P.G.C.E in Secondary Education at Jordanhill, before embarking on a second career as an English teacher from 1992.

Morag worked as an English Teacher in High schools for over 20 years, principally at Braidhurst High School in Motherwell and latterly Eastbank Academy in Glasgow, finishing her teaching career as a Principal Teacher of Pastoral Care, in charge of a House group of 250 young people in Glasgow. Despite the demands of the "day-job" and family life, Morag also resumed her writing career during school holidays and had a further two novels published by Hale in 2005 and 2006.

During this period the family increasingly enjoyed the fruits or her, and her husband's, labours. In particular, Morag relished time spent on family holidays; progressing from caravan and beach holidays in UK, France and Spain in the early years, to locations increasingly further afield. Morag was particularly fond of cruises, and visiting Italy and the United States of America, where she holidayed on many occasions in later years.

Then, in 2010, she was delighted to celebrate the arrival of her first grand-child. Little did she know that, to her delight, a further seven grand-children (including one set of twins) would follow in short-order thereafter! Morag retired in 2012 to spend time with her ever expanding family but remained active, travelling with her husband, visiting her son, Ross, in the United States, visiting her sisters around the UK and spending time with her many friends.

Fittingly, at the end of her life, Morag returned to Airdie, the town where she was born and married, spending the last weeks of her life in the company of her friends and close family at St Andrew's Hospice. Morag passed away peacefully, in the company of her family, at 11.45pm on Boxing Day.

Wife, mother, grand-mother, Principal Teacher and published author - Morag lived a very fulsome, productive and happy life, making a mark in all that she did and on the many people she met along the way. One of a kind: she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Chuck and Liz Seitz donated £74.96 in memory of Morag
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Graeme Murray donated £50 in memory of Morag

So sorry for your loss. I remember your mum squeezing four of us into the back of her ford fiesta during the summer holidays. Great memories.

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Ann and Jim Murray wrote

In loving memory of Morag, a truly lovely lady who will be sorely missed.

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Gordon Murray donated in memory of Morag

Just heard the sad news about this great lady. Have some brilliant memories growing up with this great family. Thinking of you all.
Gordon, Jenny and family

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Jenni Hampson donated £50 in memory of Morag

Derek, Jenni & Nikki xx

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Gordon Robertson wrote

Deeply sorry for your loss.

Thinking of you all at this sad time.

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Shirley & Alex Dempsey donated £100 in memory of Morag

Never forgotten. Close & loving always. Wonderful family, and one of a kind.

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Paul Dempsey donated £20 in memory of Morag
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Melissa & Chase Cleveland wrote

Our deepest sympathies to the wonderful McGovern family.

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Charlotte Seitz wrote

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire McGovern family. I had the greatest pleasure of meeting them at my Grandaughters wedding to her son,Ross. Our friendship was long distance but enjoyed and It hope to remain connected to Peter and all the McGoverns for ever. Without great sadness, Charlotte Seitz (Grammy)

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Isla Alexander donated £30 in memory of Morag

A wonderful loving caring friend who will be very sadly missed.

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Isla Alexander wrote

A wonderful loving and caring friend who will be very sadly missed.

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Zoey Dewar donated £20 in memory of Morag
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Thomas and Joseph Donlon donated £149.92 in memory of Morag

In loving memory of Morag McGovern

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Linda Hammond donated £100 in memory of Morag

In loving memory of a sorely missed dear sister.
She has always been a great support to me.

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Linda Hammond wrote

In loving memory of a sorely missed dear sister.
She has always been a great support to me.

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Neil Glassford donated in memory of Morag

In memory of a wonderful woman, who raised marvellous children.

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Neil Glassford wrote

In memory of a kind and wonderful woman who raised marvellous children.

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zoey dewar posted a picture

Thought you guys would appreciate this photo of Morag in her fabulous hat taken at our wedding. I will miss my awesome aunty and so very sorry for your loss

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Thomas and Joseph Donlon wrote

In loving memory of Morag McGovern.

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Linda Hammond wrote

In loving memory of my sorely missed Sister

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Linda Hammond wrote

In loving memory of my sorely missed dear Sister.

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Janice Casement wrote

I always remember Morag as a vivacious, genuine, highly intelligent and quite remarkable lady. She was a beautiful inspiration to everyone who knew her. It’s just so so sad that she has passed away at such a relatively young age. My sister ( Jean McGovern) and I send our heartfelt sympathy to Peter, the boys and the family. Morag will continue to live on through her sons and their children. Take care.

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Allan Cuthbertson donated £50 in memory of Morag

In loving memory of Morag McGovern

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Standex Standex donated in memory of Morag

With deepest sympathy from all of us here at Standex.

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