A former reporter with the Kent Messenger Group, Jean Newport, has died.
Newport, 66, trained as a reporter in Canterbury and became a trainee
on the Herne Bay Press, the forerunner to the Herne Bay Gazette.
She began her career with the Kent Messenger in 1967 as a salesperson before becoming a news reporter.
In 1979 she joined the Kentish Express at Ashford where she was women's features editor.
Mrs Newport lived with her husband Tony in Bonnington, near Ashford.
She had a love of horses and would often travel to watch her son Christopher, who was an amateur jockey, take part in races.
Mr Newport said: "She really did enjoy her writing, it was her life."
Newport spent her final three years at Madeira Lodge residential home
in Littlestone on the Romney Marsh where she lost her long battle with
The funeral was held at Charing Crematorium.