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By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

Catherine Olive Goldstone

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Catherine Olive 'Goldie' Goldstone, Madron

A MADRON woman who helped deliver hundreds of children has died.

Catherine Olive Goldstone (Goldie) was a midwife, district nurse, Queen's Nurse and house visitor and is believed to have welcomed 400 babies into the world.

She was born in Camborne and had a younger brother called George, both of whom were brought up with the Salvation Army.

When aged 5, Goldie went to Roskear Junior School and then to Camborne County School for Girls, gaining her school certificate in 1938.

Goldie left home and went to the Mother's Hospital, run by the Salvation Army, to train as a baby nurse, then on to St Giles' Hospital where she qualified as an SRN in 1945.

During the war the hospital was evacuated to Derbyshire to a Methodist Guild Hotel, Willersley Castle.

After gaining her SRN, Goldie went back to the Mother's Hospital, completed her midwifery training and became a Queen's Nurse as part of the Queen's Institute of District Nurses Service – or as she overheard on a train while two women were discussing confinement 'quick in distress, never sober' nurses.

Goldie moved to Bridgwater as a training midwife and here she met and trained Kathleen Toms, known as Tommy. They didn't meet as friends, because hierarchy wouldn't allow it, but instead Tommy went on cases with Goldie.

In 1948 Goldie saw an advert for district nurses/midwives in Camborne. Goldie's friend wasn't qualified enough so Goldie asked Tommy to go with her.

So began their long relationship, although as Tommy points out, they didn't always agree as both had strong characters.

They stayed in Camborne before moving to Battersea Polytechnic to get their health visitors' certificate. They then returned to Cornwall, to Millbrook, to work.

In 1954 the pair travelled to Australia where Goldie had family and they worked in a hospital at Hobart, Tasmania and trained as midwives.

They came back in 1957 and arrived in Madron to Memorial House.

Goldie started a youth choir and junior youth club.

Goldie's hobbies included knitting and gardening. She loved cooking and they both enjoyed entertaining and keeping an open, welcoming home.

Goldie also loved dusting.

Goldie was very ill about seven years ago with a ruptured aorta and not expected to pull through. But she recovered and came home to be nursed by Tommy.

Goldie hadn't been well for the past two years – she slowly deteriorated and died peacefully on January 13. The staff at Menwinnion Country House Care Home, Lamorna Valley, where she and Tommy lived couldn't have cared more for her. Their love, kindness and care made her passing easier for her and for Tommy.

Goldie had a deep Christian faith. She was an Evangelist and led the nurses' Christian Union with Tommy. She was a practical Christian and took her faith into homes, delivering hundreds of babies, praying with mothers (if they wished) after delivery. She also went into hospitals and homes carol singing.

Her funeral was held at Madron Methodist Church.

Mourners: Miss KAL Toms, Peter and Kate Goldstone-James; Mrs Telfor-Davey; Mr and Mrs G Toms; Philip and Susan Toms; Mrs Joanne Townsend (Shane Townsend); Mrs Linda Fletcher (Ryan Fletcher); Mrs Marion Gosling; Mr John Gosling (Salvation Army); Jackie and Stuart Meyers (Simon and family, Daniel and Laura).

Michael and Barbara Bray (Peter and Jeremy). Mrs Mary Hine; the Rev Roger Greene; Mrs Edna Richards; Miss E Pascoe; Mrs JM Williams; Mr Stephen Williams (Marilyn Williams); Miss Claire Gribble; Mrs Val Gage; the Rev Philip and Mrs Charma Williams (Mrs Heather White, Frank and Elizabeth Maddern, Canada).

Loveday Gibson (Peter Gibson); Mrs Deborah Walsh (Penzance District Nursing Team); Mrs Meegen Blaker-Birch; Mr and Mrs F. J Simm (Mr and Mrs P Kelly). Mrs Mary Cock (Mr and Mrs D Stephens, Mr and Mrs C Anthony, Mrs Maureen Hodge). Ian and Sophie Venn; Mrs C Kliskey; Mrs Jenny Trevarthen; Mrs Joan Hutchings (Herbert Hutchings); the Reverend Peter and Mrs Mary Horder; Envoy JW Cleverley (Salvation Army); Mrs M Cleverley; Rebecca Stevens (Natalie Stevens).

Mr Henry and Mrs Cherry Curnow; Mrs Elizabeth Harvey; Mrs Marcela Little; Mr and Mrs Graham Berriman; Mrs Sally Westren (Phil Westren and family); Mr Graham Carter; Mrs Mary Laity; Mrs Wendy Carne (the Wilson family); Mrs G Ruhrmund; Caroline Amos; Bob and Lin Hulks; Vernon Roberts (Ronnie Prowse).

Mr and Mrs David Jones (Mr and Mrs Colin Anthony and Mr and Mrs D Stephens); Mr and Mrs C Burlton (Rob and Tom and family). Mr and Mrs D Cox; Mrs Jeanette Walkden; Mr and Mrs W Berryman (Sandra Pryce and Audrey Harvey). Mrs M Morse (Mr P Morse, Kerenza and Logan also June and Stephen); Miss Sylvia Anstiss (Gulval Methodist Church) (Mrs Honor Smith, Gulval Methodist Church).

Cynthia Brown (Molly Salter); Teresa Martin; Mr K Greet (the Rev F J Watson and Mr N Casey); Mrs H Nicholls; Doreen Woolfe; Mrs M Warren; Mrs M Warren (Mr D Warren, Brendan and Amber). Mrs M Tremeer; Mrs C Gendall (Mrs E Green and Miss D Hocking); the Rev Carylyne Wilson; Connie Bates; Dorothy Mitchell (the Salvation Army Fellowship).

Jenny and Clive Harold; Sylvia Quixley (the family); Mrs Margaret Jewell; Mrs K Jones (Madron Youth Group). Mr A Stevens; Pete Harry; W Harry; Mrs A Newport (Andrew); Mrs Teresa Claypole (the late Dr and Mrs J Turney); Mr J Harvey (Mrs Mary Harvey); Mr E Thomas (M Thomas, Salvation Army).

Rachel Ewer; Mr R Friggens (Mrs BJ Friggens); Robin Little; Mrs Roberts (Mrs M Bates and Mr William Ellis); Mr and Mrs Donald Jelbert; Mr and Mrs Tony Gillman (Jean Ann Fran China). Mrs Martin Scrase (the family, Sally and Ken Gilmour and family, Peter and Mollie Scrase and family).

Rita Moore (Brian Moore); Doctor Hersant (Paddy); Muriel Bone; Mrs H White (Mr D White); John and Ann Tyzzer (Mary Pascoe). Mrs P Smart (Tamsin Polly); Mrs B Matthews (the Matthews Family and Mrs Liz Drew); Val Field (Gulval Methodist and Lil Williams); Mr R Penberthy (Sarah and Aaron Penberth); Ruby Martin (St Buryan Methodist Church).

Maggie Grigg (Robin); Mr and Mrs R Blacker (Mrs Gladys Reeves); Mrs P Prouse (Mr K Prouse, Mr and Mrs D Prouse, Heidi and Lorna). Mr and Mrs AG Gent (Mr Ron and Mrs Jay Higgs); Miss Mary Holland (Mrs Sandra Cox).

Mr and Mrs J Patterson; Mrs J Smith; Miss Denise Bone (Mr Stephen Bone); Mr and Mrs K Cargeeg; Mrs Dunstan (the Dunstan Family); Mr and Mrs J Jelbert; Doreen King (Brian King); Fran China; Sister Jean; Penny; Margaret Trembath. Mr and Mrs A Holland; Mrs Katherine Atkins; Mrs K Connah; Mrs Mary Carson; Angela Matthews. Carol Laity; Mrs Q Goldsworthy; Mrs M Richards; Mrs B Harvey (Mr and Mrs R Winterbottom).

Mrs Mary Christmas (Salvation Army); Mrs Rosie Haggar (Martin Haggar). Mrs Y Reynolds (the Reynolds family); Mr and Mrs S Reid; Sarah Spence (Penalverne Surgery). Melanie Paling; Mrs M Corin; Margaret Moold; Elaine Williams; Mr and Mrs G Stevens (Mrs M Stevens and Mrs M Bray); Steve Cock; Richard and Marlene Stevens (Gwithian Barnes); Mrs V Pengelly.

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