Maureen was born in Lilybank and educated at Lawside Academy. She first worked in Gellatly St Auctioneers, then became a bus conductress with Alexanders, where she met her future husband Jack.  During the ‘60s she left the buses to work in two local bookies, then joined Ladbrokes in Dundee. She was the first Scottish female manageress of a bookmaker’s shop.  In the ‘60s she was a prominent member of the Labour party, and Michael Foote once visited her at her home at 11 Fintry Drive. She died  in February 1987, and was survived by her husband and sons Jake & Roddy.