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Tributes paid to the Citizen's first female reporter Sally Patience

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

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ROYAL reporter Sally Patience, the first female journalist at the Citizen, has died aged 84.

During a long career in journalism, Mrs Patience covered many events attended by members of the Royal Family, including the Queen’s state visits to Malta, Austria and Luxenbourg and the Queen Mother’s visit to Paris.

Mrs Patience passed away at her home in Winchester on May 7 after a short illness.

Her godson John Orchard, said: “Sally loved people and touched many people’s lives during her career and she continued to help and edit work for colleagues after leaving full-time employment.

“She will be sadly missed by a wide circle of friends

in this country and also Austria.”

Mrs Patience was born in Gloucestershire and first wrote about Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother after visiting Cheltenham Races and the Badminton Horse Trials.

Her early career was spent at the Citizen during the 1950s, where she was the paper’s first female reporter.

She moved to London to work for the WI magazine Home and County and other magazines.

One of her roles was as royal reporter and she followed the Queen and the Queen Mother around on some of their tours.

Her private admiration for the Queen Mother’s stamina and charm was allied in the publication of a book called The Queen Mother.

She also interviewed many other notable figures including artist David Shepard and Austrian conductor Herbert Von Karajan.

Mrs Patience visited Austria many times over her lifetime and built friendships in the classical music circles, including Swedish soprano Elizabeth Soderstom.

She lived at Milton Manor in Oxfordshire helping the family with the house opening before having to return to look after her mother.

Mrs Patience moved to Winchester around 20 years ago.

Mr Orchard said: “She was very happy there. She was endlessly helping with events at the Deanery and much more in and around the Cathedral which she enjoyed.”

A short service will take place at St Peter’s, Leckhampton on May 20 at 11.30am.

Flowers to Denmark Road Funeral Services 01452 309903 or donations in lieu to the Cats Protection.

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  • marty53  |  May 16 2014, 6:58PM

    And as a mark of respect, the Citizen prints a picture of her sideways. Just how much worse can this so-called newspaper get?