SHE was a popular journalist and a much-loved character who touched so many lives.
And yesterday, family, friends and former colleagues gathered in Gosport to remember Maggie Beddoes (pictured) who died in June at the age of 77.
A memorial service was held at Holy Trinity Church where hymns were sung and prayers were read.
Former colleagues also spoke about their memories of Maggie.
Graham Hewitt used to work with Maggie when she worked for The News.
He said: ‘Maggie wasn’t a conventional journalist because she came to it later in life but she brought to her writing a wealth of knowledge and experience.
‘She greatly valued people and was genuinely interested in the person she was talking to.
‘Maggie was a people person. She was so interested in their lives and loves and families that it made her the wonderful, unique and remarkable person she was.
‘Maggie was one of a kind. There will never be another person like her.
‘Maggie will always be remembered.’
Janette Owen also worked with Maggie, who joined The News around 1975..
She said: ‘Maggie stepped in as a surrogate mother and took me to her home in Portchester and started a friendship that lasted more than 30 years.
‘When I had my two children we enjoyed many days of fun and the boys looked upon her as another grandmother, full of imagination.’
Maggie spent most of her life living in Gosport and Portchester.
After covering the Portsmouth City Council beat for a long time, she spent the last four years of her career based at The News’ Gosport office.
Maggie retired in 1995, but stayed in contact with her old colleagues and friends.
She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2002, and made a recovery after surgery. But the disease eventually came back to claim her life.
She spent her last two years being cared for by her daughter Elly Basham, who lives in Gloucestershire.