Beryl spent her entire career at Ellesmere Port – almost 40 years at the Pioneer, and another 15 years running her own PR agency.
All Together NOW! editor Tom Dowling said: “Beryl helped me so much when I joined the Pioneer in 1970 as a 16-year-old cub reporter. She was kind, tolerant – and extremely well liked and respected.
“Unknown to most people, she had a very tough upbringing. Her father died in a work-related accident when she was four, and her mother passed away five years later, leaving nine-year-old Beryl to care for her younger sister.
“As a co-founder of the Ellesmere Port and Neston Talking Newspaper for blind people, she was very aware of the disadvantage suffered by disabled people and carers.
“And at a time when editors shunned disability from their pages, she succeeded in getting more and more disability-related material into the Pioneer.
“Beryl’s inspirational work undoubtedly helped sow the seeds for All Together NOW!
“I’m so thankful, and so glad, to have known her.”