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Rita Statham trained as an obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Jessop Hospital for Women in Sheffield. She married Roy Statham, and they both moved to Nottingham in the 1960s.
Rita was a good, caring and careful doctor. She worked in the Nottingham Family Planning Association, training doctors and nurses as well as running family planning clinics. She was also my clinical assistant in obstetrics in the antenatal and postnatal clinics in Nottingham for over 20 years.
She retired in 1995, and she and Roy moved to live in North Wales, where, in spite of recurrence of her breast cancer, she led an active life. They gave much support to their family over many years.
For the last two years Rita battled with recurrence of her problem and chemotherapy She leaves her husband, Roy; daughters, Gill, Lorna, and Annie; and three grandsons.
Former medical officer in family planning Nottingham, and clinical assistant in obstetrics Firs Maternity and City Hospitals, Nottingham (b 1932; q Manchester 1956; MRCOG 1963, MFFP 1993), died from breast cancer and Clostridium difficile on 8 March 2007.