For about three decades she served and wrote about the communities of Wanneroo, Joondalup and Stirling after learning her craft on a newspaper in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she grew up.
She was the editor of the Wanneroo Times in the mid-1980s before forging a strong reputation as one of the longest-serving editors of our sister paper, the Stirling Times.
For many years Margaret continued her love of local journalism on this paper, writing human interest stories, news and giving much-needed publicity to community groups.
She ran morning teas to raise money for cancer research, took a special interest in the reporting of dementia after it claimed her mother and won praise for the commemorative liftout she did this year for our 40th anniversary.
‘I love Wanneroo, the people, its history,’ she was fond of saying.
Margaret was meticulous in her writing and fair-minded in her reporting ” ‘as fine a journalist as you could hope to meet’ as one local government officer described her this week. She was kind, thoughtful and dependable.
Her quiche and homemade sausage rolls were famous among her work colleagues and fellow parishioners at Grace Anglican Church, Joondalup.
She welcomed children and grandchildren of workmates and friends and knew all their names.
Margaret will be greatly missed in our office and in the community she so well served.
Her death has left us unable to move, unable to go as Emily Bronte once wrote:
The night is darkening round me,
The wild winds coldly blow;
But a tyrant spell has bound me,
And I cannot, cannot go.
Margaret Emily Price was 58 and is survived by her husband Michael and son Evan, whom she loved so much and to whom we extend our deepest sympathies.