Georgina Mary Topps (Gina), has died in Nottingham City Hospital. She was 78.
Born in Bottesford, she was the daughter of Mary and Frank. She had a sister, Wendy.
She attended school in Bottesford.
After school, she trained at Nottingham General Hospital as a cadet, spending time in Accident and Emergency, where she developed a love of A&E departments. She later went on to Lennox Castle Hospital, near Glasgow, to do midwifery training.
After leaving Scotland she went as a staff nurse to the A&E department at Leicester Royal Infirmary. She later decided to go to Australia with a friend for two years, but in fact stayed for four years, working in and around Sydney, New Zealand and Tasmania. She travelled home on a very slow ship, stopping for three to four days in each port.
On her arrival back home she returned to Leicester as a staff nurse in A&E, later being promoted to sister. After a while she took charge of a new A&E department at the Royal Northern Hospital in London. She loved the challenge and won a medical award for “holding the hospital together at a time of crisis”. She remained at this hospital for eight years, spending the final two years as matron.
Following a decision to return to the countryside she became principal nursing officer, then chief nursing officer at Kettering General Hospital, working there from 1973 to 1993, when she took early retirement.
During her retirement she spent a lot of time planning the next holiday and became quite a globetrotter, visiting far flung places and India on five occasions.
She returned to Bottesford and her roots and sadly four months later she became ill. With the help of family and friends she managed to remain at home until a few days before her death.
A committal service took place at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, followed later by a Thanksgiving service at St Mary’s Church, Bottesford. Both services conducted by Judith Wells.
Family mourners included: Wendy and Brian Cross, Lisa and Richard, Emma and Trevor, Susie, Michael, Daniel, Leanne, Bryony, Helen and Pat Poyser, Mr and Mrs V. Heppenstall, and Marion Pimm.
Other mourners included: Karen Appleby (Macmillan nursing), Stephen Morda, John and Jan Rodgers, Nev and Jill Bagnall, Elizabeth McSorley (Wickes), Rosemary Millward (nee Holland), Ruth Holland, Jayne Holland, Brenda and Eric Turier, Barbara and Terry Parkes, Christine Saunders, Valerie Marriott, Vanessa McAteer, Martin and Pat Spiro, Alicia and Julian DeVoy, Mark and Maria Britton, Margaret Smith, Joanna Jackson, Rose Haynes, Bill and Dot Brown, Jean and John Lewis, Elspeth and Paul Stockwell, Carolyn Robinson, Terry Box, Liz Swingler, Peter and Peggy Topps, Richard Robinson, Dianne Pentleow, John and Liz Underwood, Pat Pearson, Bryan Baines, and Maurice and Maureen McNamara.
Funeral arrangements were by William Roberts and Sons, Devon Lane, Bottesford.