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Dottie Boyd learned about Hospice of the East Bay long before she needed our help. She and her late husband Charlie were longtime donors and good friends of Hospice of the East Bay over the years. In 2000, they notified us that we are a beneficiary of their estate plan, and joined our Legacy Society. So, when Charlie passed away unexpectedly in 2011, we shared in Dottie’s sorrow over the loss of her husband.

At a recent gathering of Hospice of the East Bay supporters, Dottie shared one of the most moving testimonies we have ever heard about her gratitude for the care we gave to her mother, Naomi Graves.

Naomi lived almost 103 years, residing in many places with her husband, and eventually settling in New Orleans. When Naomi was in her mid-90s, Dottie finally convinced Naomi to move into an independent living facility, where she made many friends, and was a favorite of the staff.

During Hurricane Katrina and the storm’s aftermath Naomi’s health began to decline. Dottie made the decision to bring Naomi to California and helped her find her new residence at the skilled nursing facility in Rossmoor.

In February 2006, Dottie called us in desperation as Naomi’s health had taken a turn for the worse. One of our nurses visited Naomi the same day to evaluate her condition and she was safely relocated to Bruns House that evening.

Dorothy clearly recalls how our clinical staff provided skilled and compassionate care for her mother. “I would gladly have paid for the exceptional care and warmth provided by the staff of Bruns House and I support Hospice of the East Bay to ensure that care is available for me and everyone else who needs it.” We were able to alleviate her discomfort, and she died peacefully just over a week later.

We are grateful for the generosity of Dottie and Charlie Boyd. Please consider creating your own legacy by making a gift today, and including us in your estate plans. You might be surprised how much you can accomplish with a small portion of your assets.