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Black History Month - Spotlight on Genevieve Rycroft

Published on Thursday, 30th September 2021

Genevieve Rycroft

Genevieve Johnson was born in Nassau, Bahamas in 1941.

As the eldest of six children, she had to look after her siblings while her mum worked, as they were a very poor family.

Despite the struggles that Genevieve and her family no doubt faced, at the age of 21 she came to Liverpool where she trained to become a Registered Nurse and Midwife.

Genevieve returned to the Bahamas for a while, meeting and marrying her husband. The newly married Mr and Mrs Rycroft soon came to England afterwards and settled in Tollesbury.

After several postings at hospitals in Chelmsford and Braintree, Genevieve settled at St Peter’s Hospital in Maldon in 1978 and became a regular member of the hospital staff.

Sister Rycroft, as Genevieve was known by patients and colleagues alike, ran clinics across the Maldon District. Genevieve's career spanned some 40 years with most of this time spent at St Peter’s Hospital. Having delivered thousands of babies, including three generations in some families, Genevieve retired in the early 2000’s.

In her personal life, Genevieve had three children and six grandchildren, and was a dedicated member of the Elim Pentecostal Church in Wantz Road. 

Sadly, Genevieve passed away in 2018 leaving a distinguished and caring legacy!

Thank you to Genevieve's family and the Maldon Museum in the Park team for providing the photos and information to make this article possible.