Heartfelt messages of congratulations and deep appreciation have been posted in gratitude to a much-loved retired Watford midwife and hospice supporter who was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Elizabeth Timmons was awarded the British Empire Medal for her services to terminally ill patients, having helped raise money for the Peace Hospice since it was founded 30 years ago.

Although she is now 85, Elizabeth continues to volunteer at the Inpatient Unit, but she is also a highly popular and respected figure in the community for her career as a midwife which lasted more than 45 years and saw her deliver thousands of babies.

We asked you to send in your messages of congratulations to Elizabeth when we reported her honour last week. Including messages from as far afield as Germany and the USA, this is what you posted:

Your message of congratulations to Elizabeth Timmons

"Do you know Elizabeth and would like to pass on your congratulations? Perhaps she delivered your child and you have a story you would like to share?"

We asked for your responses - this is what you sent.

Karen Bell

Your message to Elizabeth
Dear Elizabeth, I’m absolutely delighted for you! My late Grandpa was awarded the BEM and it was he that taught me all the old songs that I sing as “Victoria Sponge” at your fundraising events so it seems even more perfect that you have been awarded the same honour because you are as kind, funny and inspiring as Grandpa was. You truly deserve this honour - you’re one of life’s best people and I’m honoured to know you. Much love from Karen Bell aka Victoria Sponge xxxxx

Daniel P McCarthy

Your message to Elizabeth
Congratulations Elizabeth. I was born in Inchigeela in 1939. I emigrated to England. I worked in London, Gillingham, Kent, Hemel Hempstead, Wantage, Berkshire, and Cardiff Wales, prior to emigrating to America in 1960. Iam proud of you. I am a registered nurse, BSN, in Massachusetts, USA. After I retired from flying airplanes I went to the university of Massachusetts, Boston, and studied for four years; I graduated with a BSN, nursing. Nursing is a tough, rewarding career. My first son, Patrick, was born at home in the kitchen on St. Patrick's day no less. He now has a family of his own in New Hampshire USA. He is a master electrician Watford, my sister, Peggy had her first job there.

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Watford Observer: I am on the left side. I am on leave from the US, Army,  Germany.  My brother is next to me. The young boy is one of the Creedon's sons. It is my German camera I asked someone to take our photo with. The photo is taken in front of Kate Cotter's cottage at the boat ramp.I am on the left side. I am on leave from the US, Army, Germany. My brother is next to me. The young boy is one of the Creedon's sons. It is my German camera I asked someone to take our photo with. The photo is taken in front of Kate Cotter's cottage at the boat ramp.
I am on the left side. I am on leave from the US, Army, Germany. My brother is next to me. The young boy is one of the Creedon's sons. It is my German camera I asked someone to take our photo with. The photo is taken in front of Kate Cotter's cottage at the boat ramp.

Clare Bennett

Your message to Elizabeth
Your sound council during the birth of my son 16 years ago eased a stressful experience and ensured he was brought safely into the world. Congratulations on your award. Nice to see one so thoroughly well deserved.

Cordelia Martin-dye

Your message to Elizabeth
Many congratulations Elizabeth you well deserve your award. Love Cordelia

Florence Moylett

Your message to Elizabeth
I have the honour and luck to have through marriage Elizabeth as my aunt since I was seven years old and I have always loved and admired her so much. She really is awesome and truly deserves this award.

Jo Dynes

Your message to Elizabeth
Congratulations, so well deserved! You delivered my firstborn in 1990 and she has your name as her middle name - I'd had a difficult labour when you breezed in saying "right, let's get this baby born". Sure enough, 90 minutes later Charlotte Elizabeth entered the world. My little girl now has 3 little girls of her own.................. Thank you.

Janis Edwards

Your message to Elizabeth
Congratulations Elizabeth from Jan Edwards - NHS retirement group. I am missing our meetings

Elizabeth Naughton

Your message to Elizabeth
Dear Elizabeth, a truly amazing person and a wonderful friend. A richly deserved award for all you have done with your life together with your amazing Jim. Helping you with your fund raising has been a great pleasure. May you continue for for many years to come, Elizabeth & Joe Naughton xxxxxx

Community contributor

Your message to Elizabeth
Hello, I worked alongside you many years ago as a midwife at WGH. You taught me well Sr Timmons. Congratulations to you ! Warm wishes Anne Marie

Valerie Ann Simmons

Your message to Elizabeth
Congratulations to Elizabeth, a very much deserved award. Elizabeth delivered our daughter Joanna in 1985, and our son Robert in 1991. She is such a special, caring person. A really wonderful lady, who was a pleasure to meet in the maternity ward at Watford General Hospital. Thank you Elizabeth for taking such good care of us.

Idoya Messere

Your message to Elizabeth
Many Congratulations to Elizabeth. I am very happy for you I will remember March 2000 when you delivered my son. So loving and kind lady you are! I often have the pleasure to see you shopping in Marks and Spencer where I work. Love xxxxx

Jeanette Aron

Your message to Elizabeth
Dear Elizabeth, Such wonderful news, many congratulations on your well deserved BEM. Love & best wishes, Jeanette, Peter & family x

Sandy Brown

Your message to Elizabeth
I can't think of a more deserved award. I worked alongside Elizabeth in Watford maternity early 2000s. She was adored by everyone for her caring nature and was missed when she finally retired. I attended her fabulous garden parties where the tea was served in real China cups and saucers. What a beautiful lady she is inside and out. Sandy Brown, Nursery Nurse.

Judy Cummings

Your message to Elizabeth
Dear Elizabeth, many congratulations on being awarded the well deserved British Empire Medal. Both my children attended your Play Group and it gave them both a good start in life. You haven’t changed. You still look the same as you did all those years ago, a little older perhaps with that amazing hair and lovely twinkly eyes. What an amazing life. Thank you so much. ❤️

Kayleigh Foster

Your message to Elizabeth
Wow Elizabeth what an achievement. Congratulations and keep on making a huge difference. Love Kayleigh Otter, former student midwife of yours xx

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Your message to Elizabeth
Congratulations Elizabeth on your award. Always ready to stop and have a chat in that lovely Irish accent!! I used to work on Reception at the Hospice Good luck to you.

Janice Rosemary Burt

Your message to Elizabeth
My dear sweet and amazing Elizabeth, I was so pleased to see you in Watford a week ago, and to reminisce a little about how we met and the friendship you had with my dear late mum and dad Rosemary and Ken Masters they truly enjoyed their time spent with you and kindness to me when you delivered my son John on the 16th September 1988, it was the most amazing time and you were so kind and passionate in bringing my baby boy into the world of which I will be truly grateful for as being guided by you through his labour was born safely after having the cord wrapped around his neck and you knew he had to be delivered quickly and with no stitches too. I am so proud that you have been recognised for all your care and unconditional love in everything you set your heart on to achieve. You so deserve this wonderful award Elizabeth and I hope our paths cross again as you still have so much love and support for all you meet. Please take care and enjoy this special time. Much love Janice xxx

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Watford Observer: Truly magical time, thank you Elizabeth from Roger and I for delivering our son John xxTruly magical time, thank you Elizabeth from Roger and I for delivering our son John xx
Truly magical time, thank you Elizabeth from Roger and I for delivering our son John xx
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Wonderful memories thank you Elizabeth x

Heather Parry

Your message to Elizabeth
Congratulations, Elizabeth, very well deserved. You delivered my son, Charles, on 12th February 1992, and my husband, Howard, died in the hospice on 18th August 2005. You are my Guardian Angel.

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Howard on our wedding day
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Charles October 2019

Jason Wyles

Your message to Elizabeth
Nearly 50 years ago you brought me into this world . Congratulations on your achievements . So many good times at the Holyrood with your Irish dances. All our love Jason & Emma Wyles

Jacqui Kelly

Your message to Elizabeth
Congratulations Elizabeth, and thank you for delivering my second baby in 1994. I will always remember your caring nature. Thank you Jacqui x

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Your message to Elizabeth
Dear Elizabeth, I am so pleased for you. You delivered my beautiful daughter 31 years ago and I have never forgotten how amazing you were at the time. Your kindness to me in the delivery suite at WATFORD General was much appreciated.