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Whitesburg publisher Pat Gish dies

Associated Press

WHITESBURG - Patricia Gish, who along with her husband Tom Gish ran The Mountain Eagle of Whitesburg for a half-century, died Sunday at her home in Letcher County. She was 87.

Her son, Ben Gish, said she had been battling Alzheimer's disease for about a decade.

"She was just such a hard worker," Ben Gish said, recalling how his mother would take a Greyhound bus from Hazard to Louisville every weekend while working on a master's degree at the University of Louisville in the 1960s.

Ben Gish said he recently came across a quote by his mother from a speech at New York University in 1999. It said "bloom where you are planted," meaning one can do good journalism at small newspapers in rural areas, he said.

"That was her attitude," he said.

Pat Gish's first job at a newspaper came at age 13, when she was hired as proofreader at a paper in Danville, Ill. She married Tom Gish in 1948 and the couple bought the Whitesburg newspaper in 1956.

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