Minnie passes away at the age of 101

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A WOMAN who played a leading role in a local farming community for decades has died at the age of 101.

Mrs Minnie Leslie was born in Arbuthnott in 1909, one of four children.

After her schooling in the village she entered service as a housemaid, spending the majority of her working career at Kinnaird Castle.

In 1935 she marred local farmer Charles Leslie, after the pair met at a dance in Farnell.

The couple lived at Hill of Bolshan Farm and had three of a family - Mac, Lairi and Chic.

Mrs Leslie was well known in the area and was famous for providing soup and pudding lunches for farm workers.

She was a member of Farnell Parish Church and latterly Edzell Parish Church, having moved to Inglis Court some 23 years ago.

A keen traveller, she toured all over Scotland, in addition to a visit to Germany and two trips to Tazmania to visit her sisters.

As a 100th birthday present she enjoyed a trip on the Orient Express.