A FORMER Wren who met the Queen has sadly passed away at the age of 94 after a cancer battle.

Jean Watson had a proud association with the organisation included helping to supply the North Atlantic convoys at various ports around the UK in WW2.

Jean was born in 1926 and left school at the age of 14 when war broke out.

She had the option of being evacuated to Aberdeen or taking a job, so she worked in a Glasgow department store where she trained in the accounts department.

A young Jean would operate a comptometer - a counting machine which was a forerunner to the computer, totting up money and she joined the Wrens for the last 18 months of war and was posted around the country including stations in Belfast, London and Stornoway.

Working in the women's royal naval service, Jean was involved in supplying the convoy vessels traversing the Atlantic.

When war ended, Jean was actually demobbed to Largs and she met her future husband Bill, The couple, pictured, married in 1947.

Bill was a service engineer with Terex, a heavy earth-moving equipment manufacturer, and travelled extensively around the world servicing these vehicles.

He took early retirement in 1981 but continued to work as a freelance around the world: Tanzania, Syria, Angola, Greece and Malaysia until finally retiring in the mid 1990s. Jean joined him for extended periods in Malaysia and Greece before the retired to Largs.

The couple's son Ian said: "My mother loved dancing and as child and carried on dancing through her Wren years and then onto the big Glasgow dance halls.

"When she moved to Largs, she joined all the Scottish country dancing classes, including the groups associated at St John's Church and Clark Memorial."

The couple had a love of walking and were also heavily involved in Opportunities in Retirement, where they became officer bearers.

Jean helped at Age Concern in Lade Street at the coffee bar and Scrabble group.

After Bill passed away, Jean moved into Homemount House retirement flats.

She had a breast cancer scare eight years ago and made a recovery, but unfortunately the cancer returned in January of this year. This time it wasn't treatable and she passed away in Ayrshire Hospice.

Ian added: "She kept in touch with the Wrens Association and attended many gatherings over the years and that was how she go invitation for the Queen's Garden party in 2016.

"At the party, the Queen actually said she would like to meet the four Wrens who had actually been in the war. She also got to meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that day too, which was she was most pleased about.

"She was a good friend to many."

Jean's funeral was at the North Coast and Garnock Valley Crematorium and the service was broadcast online to family in London, Bath and Plymouth.

Jean was also an active member of the Bosom Buddies group in Largs after her breast cancer diagnosis.

Jean and Bill are survived by five grown up children - Alan, Brian, Ian, Gwen and Lynne - as well as seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren.