Midwife delivered thousands of babies
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.