TRIBUTES have been paid to a lifelong Bankie and “perfect mum” who died following a battle with vascular dementia.

Jean McMillan died on Saturday, June 20, aged 83.

She was born in Clydebank, where she spent her entire life, apart from briefly living in Helensburgh following her evacuation during the Clydebank Blitz.

Jean’s son Gordon told the Post she was a “jolly and intelligent” woman.

He added: “My mum married my dad Jim in 1956 – in the times back then the women took care of the family and house but my mum wanted to work. My dad worked in the ship yards and strikes were happening so my mum didn’t want to have an insecure income.

“When my younger sister was born she went to Clydebank College to study which led to her getting a job with GMB and she worked there for over 30 years until she retired.

“She absolutely adored her job. A substantial part was organising the footballers union player of the year, which she done herself for decades.

“They had to get a whole organisation to do it when she retired. She was a very accomplished woman.”

Jean, who was an avid dancer at Singers Bowling Club, Barclays Church, and 543 Club, kept dancing up until a year ago. She was very sociable and was well known throughout the town.

Gordon said: “Anytime I would walk through the Clyde Shopping Centre with my mum it would take an hour and a half as she would stop and chat.

“She seemed to know everyone in Clydebank, up until the last couple of years when she couldn’t remember.

“She developed dementia and lived in Clyde Court Care Home for the last 18 months.

“I still took her to the Radnor Park dance on a Saturday night occasionally, but it was getting really difficult.”

Gordon, who hasn’t had regular visits to see his mum recently due to the coronavirus pandemic, said she will “certainly be missed”.

He added: “We had an absolutely great life – she was a perfect mum and very intelligent.

“She went to school in Dumbarton – Notre Dame High – which she was immensely proud of. I actually have her school report card sitting in front of me – she excelled in all subjects.”

Jean is survived by her children Stephen, Angela and Gordon, and her beloved grandchildren.

Hundreds of people have paid tribute to Jean online, with one person saying: “Jean was a lovely lady and very proud of her wee front garden.”