Mid­wife de­liv­ered thou­sands of ba­bies

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

AMIDWIFE who has de­liv­ered thou­sands of ba­bies has died.

Sheila Gor­don was a pop­u­lar mid­wife at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal known to fam­i­lies across the town for bring­ing their new­borns into the world - in­clud­ing sev­eral gen­er­a­tions of the same fam­ily.

Her fam­ily says she loved her job, but never had any chil­dren her­self – some­thing which will re­main a mys­tery to her three step-chil­dren.

Her step­son Ian, 75, from Ket­tleshulme, said: “My step mum was a re­mark­able woman. She was never a mother yet brought thou­sands of ba­bies into this world. She did vastly more in her work as a mid­wifery tu­tor, some­times sur­pris­ing her stu­dents with her can­did ap­proach.

“I never asked her why she didn’t have a baby her­self, it was just one of those things, but she was a won­der­ful step-mum. ●● Sheila Gor­don dur­ing her time as a mid­wife

“She was well known and re­spected in Mac­cles­field and al­ways ap­proached by peo­ple say­ing ‘you won’t re­mem­ber me, but you de­liv­ered our three chil­dren’, and over dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions.”

Sheila was a lov­ing mum to step-chil­dren Ian, Peter and Pa­tri­cia, six step-grand­chil­dren and eight great step­grand­chil­dren.

She worked as a mid­wife at Mac­cles­field hos­pi­tal from the 1950s un­til her re­tire­ment in 1985.

Sheila, who also taught mid­wifery, loved paint­ing and was a mem­ber of the Ori­ana Choir.

She was born to the Hol­land fam­ily at Bell Farm in Tyther­ing­ton and went to Gawsworth Pri­mary School when the fam­ily moved to Pex­hill near Hen­bury.

She worked as a mid­wife in Birm­ing­ham dur­ing the war and mar­ried an Amer­i­can man called Bill Odell, who had di­a­betes and she nursed un­til he died in 1966.

She met her sec­ond hus­band Don­ald Gor­don a few years later and they lived on Westminster Road, Mac­cles­field.

Sheila, who was wid­owed in 1985, moved into Be­long care home in 2008, but he health de­te­ri­o­rated over re­cent years and she died at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal on Satur­day aged 88.

Ian said: “Mum was a very pos­i­tive per­son, per­cep­tive, out­spo­ken and in­tel­li­gent.

“Her early nurs­ing days were hard. She tells of rid­ing her bike to work through the wartime black­out in the blitz and re­calls many of the ba­bies had noth­ing but a drawer for a cot.

“She en­joyed rich ex­pe­ri­ences and travel with my dad and nursed him loy­ally to the end when he had lung can­cer.

“For many years she was a com­mit­ted vol­un­teer at Ox­fam in Mac­cles­field. We will all miss her but we know that so many fam­i­lies will never for­get her.”

Sheila’s fu­neral will take place at 11.20am on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 2, at Mac­cles­field Cre­ma­to­rium.

●● One of the ex­hi­bi­tion pho­to­graphs show­ing the Ernest Ford Garage on Ch­ester­gate taken be­tween 1912 and 1914

●● Sheila Gor­don has died aged 88.

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