Printed in the Nottingham Post on May 10, 2011.
A WOMAN who had the first surviving set of triplets born at the City Hospital has died at the age of 85.
Marjorie Daykin had Peter, Paul and Jenny on January 23, 1954. She had also given birth to triplets six years previously but, tragically, they died shortly after being born.
She also had twins Jacqui and Jeffrey in 1951, and daughter Jayne in 1957.
Daughter Jenny Carlisle, of Cotgrave, said: “I think Mum’s proudest achievement would have been watching her children grow up.
“She was never ambitious and just wanted to get on with things – she always liked having her family around her.”
Marjorie was born on August 4, 1925, and grew up in Beeston.
She married her husband Eric after the Second World War but tragedy struck in 1948 when their first set of triplets died during a home birth in Dallas York Road, Beeston.
Following the births of twins Jacqui and Jeffrey, the family moved to a house in Curtis Grove, The Meadows.
The twins were followed by Peter, Paul and Jenny, and this time Marjorie was taken to the City Hospital.
Jenny, 57, said: “She told me none of the hospital staff wanted to take a break because they didn’t want to miss the birth. She was so huge she had to be rolled on to the table.
“She was brave to go through with it. I think having the twins gave her a bit more confidence after losing the first triplets.”
She separated from Eric shortly after their youngest daughter Jayne was born in 1957, and raised all six children on her own in their crowded two-bedroomed house.
Jenny said: “It was very difficult financially – we never had a lot.”
Marjorie went back to work as a sewing machinist in the 1970s at the Ormster Blouse Factory, Castle Boulevard.
When the children left home and parts of The Meadows were destroyed, she moved back to Beeston to be closer to her sisters Mary and Lil.
She was fond of nights out at the Pleasey Club, as well as fancy-dress nights and games of bingo.
In 2002, Marjorie suffered a stroke and moved to warden-aided housing at Templar Lodge, Beacon Road, Beeston, before moving to Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire, in 2006 to be cared for by daughter Jayne.
She finally moved to Eton Park Care Centre, Owthorpe Road, Cotgrave – where Jenny works as an activities co-ordinator – after having heart problems in January this year.
Marjorie was taken into Queen’s Medical Centre with pneumonia on April 22, and died two days later.
She will be laid in a family grave in Beeston Cemetery where her first set of triplets are buried.
One of the second set of triplets, Peter, died in 2006, but she is survived by her five children and 15 grandchildren.