St Andrews nonagenarian dies

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well-known St Andrean, Mrs Olga Mitchell, has died at the age of 93.

Mrs Mitchell, of Tahoe, 4 Fergusson Place, was born in Liverpool, the elder daughter of Boris von Reimers and his wife, Jean.

Her father was a Russian Count who owned an estate outside Moscow and a town house in the capital city, but had to flee the country during the Russian Revolution in 1917.

Mrs Mitchell grew up in London and it was there that she met her future husband, Major Ralph Mitchell, of the Royal Signals.

They were married in London in 1941 and at their wedding reception Major Mitchell received a telegram to report immediately to his troopship and he did not return for nearly five years.

Mrs Mitchell volunteered to drive a fire engine during the Blitz and she did this for several years.

Volunteers were then sought to drive 10-ton trucks from London to Edinburgh and she stepped forward, since this gave her an opportunity to visit her in-laws in Dundee.

Mrs Mitchell never worked in paid employment, but carried out voluntary work for the WVS, Meals on Wheels, the Blood Transfusion Service and the Red Cross.

She was a remarkable lady with an enquiring mind and a great sense of humour and she touched the lives of all she met.

Predeceased by her husband in 1977, she is survived by her only son, Malcolm, and her grandchildren Emma and Melanie.