Georgette Isabelle FLOYD (née
d. 22 Jan 2001
The Argus, 26 January 2001.
Farewell to Argus problem solver.
A woman who solved thousands of emotional problems for Argus readers has died
at the age of 80.
Georgette Floyd was The Argus agony aunt for many years and widely respected for her words of wisdom.
Born as Georgette Williams, in South London, she was one of seven children. Her father Tom became chief compositor on the Daily Mirror.
At the outbreak of the Second World War when she was 19, she joined the ATS (Army) against her father's wishes. She was stationed at Bournemouth and was made sergeant of her platoon.
After the war, she joined the staff of the Picture Post and learned her trade from some of the best journalists of the day. She then joined Woman's Realm where she worked for more than 20 years as problem page editor. She was known as Clare Shepherd. Mrs Floyd also edited the children's page and was known as Auntie Pat. In this role, she founded a national children's club called the Seekers. She also wrote poetry, features and short stories.
After retiring from the Realm, she joined The Argus and the Oxford Mail, editing their problem pages. A passionate advocate all her life of women's and children's rights, she gave public talks and was one of the first people to do a phone-in radio show, on Radio Solent.
For more than 20 years, she and her husband, Dennis, lived in Church Street, Shoreham. Suffering from Parkinson's Disease, she moved in her final year, into the Drumconner residential and nursing home in Lancing.
She leaves behind a husband, two daughters and five grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at Worthing Crematorium on Friday at 2pm.