Tributes paid to “inspiring” Paisley pensioner who dedicated her life to others

Tributes have been paid to a much-loved Paisley pensioner who dedicated her life to helping others, after she passed away.

Myra Speirs MBE, 76, was recognised by the Queen for her 15 years service to the Children’s Panel and a lengthy social work career.

Friends said her selfless attitude was not dimmed when she suffered a stroke which left her paralysed down one side.

She leaves behind son Gary and daughter Seona, who has followed in her mum’s footsteps by working with vulnerable

Businessman and former councillor Mike Dillon was close to Myra, describing her as an “inspiration” to all who met her.

He said “She used to stay across the road from me, that’s how I got to know her, and then later when I became a councillor she was involved in lots of the groups I worked with.

“She was always somebody I could speak to if I needed help, advice or specific information.

“She was amazing, even after she had a stroke which left her paralysed down one side, nothing stopped

“I would see her in her electric wheelchair heading up the road in the rain, nothing fazed

He added: “If I was having a bad day, I would think, what would Myra do, and the answer was get off your backside and do it!

“That’s the type of person she was, she was an inspiration to me and to so many others.”

Mike explained her humble reaction to getting the MBE summed her up perfectly.

He said: “I was so happy when she won her MBE.

“She didn’t do anything for the rewards or recognition, she did it because it helped

“I remember when she got the MBE she said it’s not just for me, it’s for all the people who have helped me.

“I just thought that was so humble and dignified.

“You see all these rich and famous people getting honours but really it’s people like Myra who deserve it.”

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Myra, from Shortroods, and her husband Davie, who passed away 10 years ago, were close to comedy legend Billy Connolly.

Mike continued: “She was involved with her husband Davie in the early folk scene in Paisley and they knew Billy Connolly well.

“She was just the sort of person who would leave a mark on you is such a positive way – an unsung hero in so may ways.

“Considering her disability she had an amazing spirit.

“I’ve heard from so many people whose lives she touched, which shows the impact she had.

“People like her do not come along everyday.

“We will miss her.”

Myra was awarded her MBE from the Queen at Holyrood Palace in July 2015 watched on by her proud family.

Daily Record – Paisley