Initially a general reporter, Pat later moved into feature writing and her column ‘The Ashberry Angle’ ran for several years, focusing in particular on interesting and influential women in the Lincolnshire town.
Pat died at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital earlier this month, after suffering a stroke on New Year’s Eve.
“This, of course, included Pat, who I shadowed on a number of assignments including trips to court, going out to meet people in their homes and a trek around May Fair, all of which ended with her taking me to Oldrids for a bottle of pop.
“What struck me then, and remains with me to this day, was her ability to ask any question of anyone and get an answer.
“I just wish she had still been there when I joined the paper as a trainee, but then again I am not sure the gift she had was something which could be taught.”
Former Standard editor George Wheatman first met a 17-year-old Pat while a junior reporter in the 1950s.
He said: “We are often accused of being cynical but Pat had true feelings and when she interviewed people, they felt they had been talking to a friend. I have often seen her come back in tears because she had been so affected by someone’s story.”
Pat was originally from Blackheath, in the Black Country, before moving to take a junior reporter job with the Standard.
While staying in ‘digs’ in the town, she met and married her landlady’s son Jeff.
The couple had three sons – Simon, Tim and Jez – who were born while Pat took a break from journalism in the mid-1906s.
Jeff died two years ago, also aged 80, but she is survived by her sons and six grandchildren.
Pat’s funeral will be held at Boston Crematorium at 1.30pm on 30 January.