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'Seasoned journalist' dies, 46

A well-known journalist who worked on several papers, including the North Devon Journal, has died the day before her 46th birthday.

Rose Mears continued to work in journalism, a profession that she loved, despite suffering ill health for some time.

She began her career with the North Wales Chronicle and joined the Exeter Express and Echo as a senior reporter for North Devon in 1977.

Later, Rose moved to the North Devon Journal where her popular work has left her fondly remembered.

In 1995 she moved further south-west to resume her journalistic career on the Cornish Guardian.

Rose was a skilled wordsmith and adept at turning local information into exciting and easily readable stories by using her flair and style.

She had strong religious beliefs and was an active member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Rose will be missed by all who knew her, and leaves her husband Tim and son, Jonathan.

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