Mary Familton, 96, originally from Ireland, worked as a midwife in various parts of Northumberland from the age of 26.
She retired in 1984 and moved to Malmesbury to be close to her children.
She said: “I became a midwife because I wanted something to do and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have lots of fond memories and had a wonderful farewell party.”
One of Mrs Familton’s most memorable births was when she had to walk across fields in Northumberland to get to an old farmhouse to deliver a baby boy called Neil.
“I knew the family and they had quite a few children already,” she added.
Activities co-ordinator at Athelstan House, Danya Clarke, said: “She told me recently how she had been visiting her brother when she had seen an advert in the newspaper for a hospital looking for nurses.
“She rang the number and the lady on the phone said please come at once.
“That was just after the war and there was a shortage of nurses.”