Popular Lewes resident Jean Petrie, who served with an anti-aircraft unit during the Second World War, has died at the age of 92.
She operated a searchlight and loaded guns. It was a role that cost her dear in later life when increasingly severe deafness made communication difficult.
Visitors in her last months had to write down everything they wanted to share with her.
After the war she resumed her career in the Foreign Office, eventually transferring to the Treasury.
She rose in seniority and was never afraid to speak truth to power – by her own admission she stood up to at least one Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Miss Petrie was described as a good and loyal friend who really cared about people and stood by them. Her funeral will be at the Downs Crematorium, Brighton, on Monday (September 8) at 11am.