TRIBUTES are being paid to a Wee County woman who faithfully served the community for common good.

Agnes Mahoney, a founding member of Clackmannanshire Credit Union, has passed away on Thursday, September 8, at the age of 73, following a brief illness.

She fully appreciated the power of community confidence and along with others in the Hawkhill area, she started the Alloa and Sauchie Savings Group more than 20 years ago.

Agnes was there for the inception of Clackmannanshire Credit Union, joining a 2003 study group led by John Patton, the Scottish Credit Union national development officer.

John found her to be an enthusiastic student, someone who was the embodiment of the qualities required in volunteers.

He said: “Agnes had a strong belief in community and she empathised strongly with the social and financial pressures, faced by her friends and neighbours in the Alloa area.”

Agnes quickly recognised that while a credit union alone cannot solve all those problems, it had the ability to provide confidence in tackling them.

In 2004, the savings group merged with Tullibody Credit Union, which was the first of its kind in Clacks having been formed in 1997, and Agnes enthusiastically joined the newly formed Clackmannanshire Credit Union as a director.

She brought her skills and experience to the Credit Committee, which assesses loan applications to members.

Agnes recognised that in any community project, the importance of valuing the opinions of members and of those who lived in the area.

Despite her ill health over the years, she served the credit union and its members diligently, until the onset of her recent illness.

The impact of her contribution was not limited to the membership but also the wider community, which she served faithfully with steadfast purpose for the common good.

In a social media statement, Sean McGarvey, chair of Clackmannanshire Credit Union, added: “The members and volunteers at the credit union are grateful for Agnes's years of service and send our deepest condolences to all her family.”

Agnes passed away peacefully at Clackmannan Community Hospital on September 8.

She was a dearly loved mother to Barry and Jamie, mother-in-law to Laura, nanna to Kieran, Christie and Holly, also a dear sister to Maryann, and brother-in-law to David.

Her funeral will take place at Co-op Funeralcare in Alloa on Monday, September 26, at 11.30am, thereafter to Sunnyside Cemetery at 12.30pm.