GLAMOROUS Jean Crawford, who has died at the age of 92, has only 'slipped into the next room', her funeral service was told at Clark Memorial Church in Largs on Friday.

Her good friend Margaret McAuslan paid a fulsome tribute to Jean, who was born in Fairlie on December 17, 1926, and passed away at Hutton Park Care Home on September 17.

She told the congregation that music and singing was a thread throughout her ten decades, starting in the choir at the former St Margaret's Church of Scotland in Fairlie, performing with a band at the famous Moorings ballroom in Largs, starring as a lead performer from the 40s to the 70s for Largs Amateur Operatic Society, of which she was an honorary member, and giving 60 years service to Clark Memorial Choir.

Mrs McAuslan said: "Jean had a light inside her despite her bad times."

Her late husband, Drew Crawford, died 44 years ago. They had married in Largs in 1952.

Referring to her as 'glamorous' she explained that, sporting her red beret, she was colour matched in dress with hair, make-up and nails always perfect. Remarkably, in her 93rd year, she did not have a grey hair on her head.

Mrs McAuslan finished by eloquently reciting a poem found in Jean's home in Waterside Street; 'Death Is Nothing At All" by Henry Holland.

Another emotional tribute was paid by her grand-daughter Katy Crawford, who spoke of her many times with the granny who was 'also her friend'.

She said: "Eventually, in Hutton Park Home where the staff lovingly cared for her, Jean suffered dementia 'which took her away from us. But she would always say 'hello, darling' even when she didn't know who I was."

The Rev Andrew Taylor came out of retirement once more to conduct the service.

He told of how Jean had worked in the Royal Bank in Main Street and, at the age of 73, was head-hunted to work in the ironmongers in Aitken Street.

She enjoyed her solo trips to Trinidad and Oman to visit daughter Isobel and family and was proud to be a great-grandmother to Ayla. She is survived by daughter Isobel and son Robert, as well as grandchildren Andrew, Sam, Stephen and Katy.

A committal also took place at Greenock Crematorium. At Clark Memorial her choir colleagues sang The Clare Benediction.