According to Wikileaks, that is how American diplomats assessed the "Iron Lady" back in the mid-1970's (as well as "frightfully British"), but she proved to be so much more. The family announced that she has just gone on to her eternal reward:
• Margaret Thatcher dies: coverage in full
Margaret Thatcher's journey from Grantham grocer’s daughter to 10 Downing Street was not quite without parallel — her predecessor, Ted Heath, started from if anything more humble origins — but her achievement over 11 years once she reached the highest office left most of her fellow prime ministers way behind.
After winning a scholarship to Oxford, where she read chemistry, Margaret Roberts became fascinated by politics. Her father, who had been a councillor in Grantham, had certainly inspired her, and she determined to try to secure a candidacy to be a Conservative MP.
Her two attempts in the safe Labour seat of Dartford in the 1950 and 1951 elections were unsuccessful, though she made a name for herself as a doughty fighter with a bright future. The other bonus of her time in Dartford was that she met and married her future husband, Denis Thatcher, who had taken over and was greatly reviving a family chemicals business. They married in 1951, when she was 26 and he 36, and two years later she gave birth to twins, Carol and Mark.
Motherhood meant that she did not fight the 1955 election, but instead concentrated on a new career at the Bar. In 1959 she was adopted for the Conservative seat of Finchley, and was returned to parliament for the first time at the election of that year. She held the seat until her retirement from the Commons in 1992.
Prayers and for her soul and for her family. May she rest in peace.