JOAN Davies, co-founder of Sur in English, died on Tuesday at age 85.
Davies was previously featured in the Olive Press’ Expat 100 list along with her husband, Gerry, with whom she founded the English-language newspaper based in Malaga.
Davies was born in England but grew up in her family’s native Wales before moving to Spain with her husband in the mid-1960s.
Both Joan and Gerry Davies worked for the Daily Mail in Spain before eventually settling on the Costa del Sol, where they ran a restaurant, bar and pub.
In 1984, the Davies approached Diario Sur with a proposal for an English-language version of the paper. The first edition was just 16 pages long.
The Davies’ familiarity with the people and places of the Costa del Sol allowed them to fill the pages of their fledgling paper with local news, along with national and international coverage.
Joan Davies remained a contributor at the newspaper for more than a decade following her husband’s death in 1995.
She published a memoir, Memories, Musings and More, in 2013.
Davies is survived by seven younger siblings.