Henrietta Badelise "Dolly" Ndlovu was born on May 29 1921 at Estcourt, 'eMangweni', KwaZulu-Natal, to uMun'uNgwane Mazibuko and Eleanor Gama.

Ndlovu joined the staff of the then Non-European General Hospital as a doubly qualified nurse, having obtained her qualification as a general nurse at the Sir Henry Elliot Hospital in Umthatha and a midwifery qualification at King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban.

In 1947 she moved with the non-European patients to Baragwanath Hospital, now Chris Hani Baragwanath, which became the biggest hospital in Africa.

She was quickly promoted to sister in charge in 1952.

In 1960 Ndlovu was one of the first three black matrons at Baragwanath Hospital.

She was a dedicated, compassionate and caring matron and an efficient and effective team leader.

Up to this day many nurses who worked under her supervision have a glowing admiration for her after having been touched by a true "Florence Nightingale".

Ndlovu grew up a staunch Christian and remained very strong in her faith. She joined the Mormon Church in 1984.

On June 16 1955 she married Andrew Minias Ndlovu and they were blessed with two girls and two boys.

Even when she was getting older and was unwell she never relinquished her membership of numerous organisations, such as Masazane, the Black Nurses Fund, Dube Itshepeng Club.

She is survived by a daughter, two sons, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held today from 8am to 10am at the Mormon Church, Dobsonville.

Ndlovu will be buried in Westpark Cemetery, Johannesburg.