Sheila Robson, a well loved and respected journalist with these newspapers for 30 years, has died in Yorkshire.
Sheila, who was 91, lived in London Road in Spalding until about five years ago when she went to live close to her youngest daughter, Fiona, in Harrogate.
She also leaves another daughter, Mandy, who lives in New Zealand with her husband Derek, and a grandaughter, Lucy.
A lifetime’s commitment to journalism earned Sheila an MBE in November 1994, a year after she retired from the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian aged 70.
The medal was presented at Buckingham Palace by Prince Charles, a favourite ‘royal’ with Sheila, who had already met the prince when he visited Pilgrim Hospital at Boston.
Sheila and her late husband Paul had moved from London to South Holland so that he could pursue a career in horticulture.
About 12 years after Paul’s death Sheila met John Wilkinson at a creative writing course held in Spalding and they formed a loving friendship that was to last until John’s sudden death ten years later.
A funeral will be held in Harrogate, but Fiona and Mandy are planning a memorial service for their mother in Spalding some time during the summer – a date will be announced later. Full obituary in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.