Sister pays tribute to MBE Stella

Stella Cdling copy. .Picture Richard Ponter
Stella Cdling copy. .Picture Richard Ponter
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A FORMER Whitby health visitor, who received an MBE in 1978, passed away on 26 November at Whitby Hospital.

Stella May Codling, of Crescent Avenue, died aged 93, while surrounded by her family and friends.

Miss Codling was health visitor for the North Yorkshire Health Authority in Whitby from 1951 until her retirement in 1978, when she received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Miss Codling was one of nine siblings, and younger sister Anastasia Potter described her as “such a wonderful person”.

Born in Westerdale, the family then moved to Hawsker, where Miss Codling first went to school.

She then attended the Catholic School in Whitby, walking from Hawsker every day.

In later life she also lived on Upgang Lane.

In 1978 she visited Buckingham Palace to receive her MBE and was joined by Anastasia and their other sister, Philippa Narey.

Speaking at the time Miss Codling said: “It was really marvellous - the Queen spoke to everyone and shook hands.”

Miss Codling passed away at Whitby Hospital and Mrs Potter would like to praise all the staff there.

She said: “Perhaps there are some people who are not aware of the wonderful institution we have in our midst, the Memorial Hospital.

“My sister was allowed to die with dignity after receiving the greatest loving care from all the staff.

“Please let us cherish it and not allow it to disappear.”

Miss Codling’s long career within the health service began when she trained as a fever nurse at Seacroft Hospital in Leeds in the 1930s.

She then completed her general training at the Victoria Hospital in Keighley, where she worked from 1939 to 1941.

She was a staff nurse in the operating theatre at the Keighley Hospital from 1941 to 1943 and later she trained as a midwife and worked as a health visitor in the Eston district.

In 1945 she trained for a year as a health visitor at the University of Birmingham and from 1949 to 1951 she was outpatient department sister at Scarborough Hospital.