A FORMER ECHO women’s editor who became the first ever female football reporter for a newspaper has died.
Moya Jones, 82, of West Derby, died last Friday in hospital, where she was being treated for leukaemia.
Her god-daughter Debbie Cox, from Lathom, said Moya would be remembered for her love of fashion and football.
The lifelong Liverpool supporter, who worked for the paper for about 20 years, made history when she covered football for The Bootle Times.
Debbie said: “I’m sure if you look back there are a lot of things that Moya was the first to do, because that’s what she was like.
“She was very determined and she wouldn’t let anything stand in her way.”
Debbie, whose parents were close friends of Moya’s, said she remembered a trip to London Fashion Week with the journalist.
She said: “I was only 11 and she took me to London to cover fashion week.
“It was great for me – I’d never even been in a black cab before.
“She was very pro-active and she loved fashion. She always looked very elegant.”
Moya was also a keen golfer and was ladies’ captain of the West Derby Golf Club before being made captain of The Liverpool Society of Lady Golf Captains in 2005.
Debbie said: “That was a massive honour for her and she was very proud of that.
“I have spoken to a couple of ladies who she supported while she was captain and they have told me just how helpful she was. She was an avid member of West Derby Golf Club and was still playing there up until at May.”
In 1997, West Derby Golf Club’s centenary year, Moya wrote a history of the club.
She was also heavily involved with St James’s Church in West Derby.
Debbie said: “She was an avid churchgoer and a very generous person.
“She donated a lot to charities, particularly the RNLI.
“She was involved in lots of things and was always doing something.
“Moya was very popular and had a lot of friends.” Moya, whose husband Ken passed away eight years ago, was brought up in Old Swan.
She was diagnosed with leukaemia on August 10 after being admitted to The Royal Liverpool Hospital on August 6.
Debbie said: “She was like a second mum to me, we had such a special relationship.
“She was a generous and elegant lady, just a lovely person.”
Moya’s funeral will be held at St James’s Church, West Derby, on Thursday, September 13, at 10am, followed by a cremation at West Derby cemetery at 11am.