11:58 Friday 03 January 2014

Tributes paid to 'compassionate' South Derbyshire district nurse

Written byLAURA HAMMOND

THE family of a district nurse who worked in South Derbyshire for more than 20 years have paid tribute to her, following her death at the age of 91.

Marian Davies, or Nurse Chambers, as she was known at the time, tended to the sick around Castle Gresley, Walton, Rosliston and Overseal throughout the 1950s and 60s, and her smart, pressed uniform was a familiar sight for many.

She later moved away from the area, after meeting her second husband.

Her son-in-law, Glyn Heywood, who lived in the area when Mrs Davies was nursing here, said: “As a kid, I would see Nurse Chambers driving around going from call to call. I remember she looked the part. She was always smartly dressed, with a nice crisp white apron.

“She was always a dedicated nurse, and she always had time for people.”

Mrs Davies moved to the area from South Wales when she married her first husband Lewis Chambers. He was a sergeant in the army, who lived in Castle Gresley, and they met when he went to the hospital in Bridgend where his wife-to-be was working as a nurse.

The pair went on to have two daughters – Anne and Sandra – before tragedy struck in 1954, when Mr Chambers died suddenly following a brain haemorrhage. He was just 32.

Mrs Davies continued to live in the area, juggling raising her children with her nursing work.

She left South Derbyshire in 1971, after finding love again .

She died in Cheshire on December 23, following illness, leaving her daughters and two grandchildren.

Mr Heywood said: “She was a loving mother and adored grandmother to her two grandsons.

“She was a nice person. She was compassionate. She had gone through her own traumas, and knew how people were feeling through theirs.”

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