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Alice Carnduff MBE
1935 - 2015
St. James's Palace, London SW1
31 December 2010

The QUEEN has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire:
To be Ordinary Members of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order:Alice, Mrs. Carnduff. For voluntary service to Save the Children in Paisley, Renfrewshire.

Alice Carnduff, Adored wife of James F.Carnduff, beloved mother of Bruce, Jill, Carolyn and Hugh, loving grandmother of Erin Rose and Caitlin Alice Carnduff, passed away suddenly but peacefully in the early hours of Monday 22nd June 2015 at Marchmont Care Home, Port Glasgow, following a decade of coping practically and in humble spirit, with Parkison's. She will be deeply missed by all her family. Service will be held at Woodside Crematorium, Paisley at 2pm on Tuesday 30th June, to which all are welcome. Family flowers only please, any donations to The Save the Children Fund in her memory to which Alice devoted 35 years voluntary service (earning her an M.B.E. in 2011), would warm her heart knowing she continues to support children even in her passing.

A woman who devoted her life to children and helped run a well-known charity has died.Family and friends of Alice Carnduff, who was awarded an MBE for her amazing work, will gather for her funeral service tomorrow following her death at the age of 80.The former primary school teacher founded the Save the Children Shop in Paisley High Street that raised thousands of pounds to help young people throughout the world.Mrs Carnduff was born in Elderslie and attended famous Paisley school, the John Neilson Institution.From there, she went on to Jordanhill College, in Glasgow, to train as a teacher, taking up her first job at Paisley’s West Primary.In 1961, she married James F Carnduff, who survives her, and who ran the well known architectural ironmongers business Lochhead & Carnduff, in Paisley’s George Street.The couple had four children, Bruce, Jill, Carolyn and Hugh.While raising her family, Mrs Carnduff helped her husband with the business before returning to teaching at the age of 50, ending her career from Kirklandneuk Primary School, in Renfrew. Mrs Carnduff’s concern for children also saw her give more than 30 years service to the Paisley branch of the Save the Children Fund, for which charity she set up the shop in Paisley that was to become hugely popular.

Her devotion earned her the MBE, which was presented to her by the Queen at the Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh, in 2011.At the time, she told the Paisley Daily Express: “I worked with Save the Children for about 31 years and I loved it.“The people there are so friendly and helpful and it was a pleasure to be involved.”Despite suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for much of her retirement, Mrs Carnduff stayed as active as she could, and even managed to pass her driving test again, having been required to resit it because of her illness.Daughter Jill paid fulsome tribute to her mother on behalf of the family.She said: “Pragmatic, practical, humble, modest, she just got on with things.“She was there for everybody.”

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