Remembering Mother in a Special Way
"There was never any question. We knew exactly where the memorials for our mother should go," explained Peggy Orcutt as her two sisters, Betty Timmons and Jean Imoehl, nodded emphatically." Our mother was well cared for by both Hallmar and Hospice."
Sisters Betty Timmons, Jean Imoehl and
Peggy Orcutt reminisce about their
mother, Lucille Thompson.
Lucille Thompson died on July 7, 2005 at the age of 100 years. She lived in Hallmar, Mercy Medical Center's long term care facility located on the Mercy campus.
Lucille lived independently until just one and half years ago still cooking for herself and managing her own finances. She loved collecting seashells during her years in Florida and expertly crafted them into picture frames, mirrors and jewelry. Lucille had a competitive spirit and was an avid card player. She was a lover of life and knew the value of hard work. When the time came that she needed more care, Betty, Peggy and Jean were never in doubt as to where she should move. Hallmar was their first choice.
"The staff made us feel so welcome. They handled everything so beautifully," Jean said. "They listened. They were dedicated, loyal and so patient."
"With emphasis on so patient," Betty added as the three sisters laughed.
Lucille was a great Chicago Cubs fan. The Hallmar staff took the time to search for the Cubs television appearances and made sure the games were tuned in on Lucille's television. They also knew that Lucille was a rather private person who didn't always want to interact with others. They respected her wishes and never forced her to participate.
As Lucille's health failed, social workers met with her daughters and made them aware of the range of services they offered. "We can't say enough about it," Jean said. "We feel blessed. Hospice of Mercy took care of all of her needs. They were able to help financially as well as provide the emotional support and loving care that meant so much to us."
Hospice provided personalized care and service. "They would call us at home and report on any changes in mother's condition. The frequent communication was comforting," Peggy added. "Even after her death they have been so wonderful."
The decision to memorialize Lucille Thompson with gifts to Hallmar and Hospice of Mercy was an easy one. Both services won great praise from Betty, Peggy and Jean, and Lucille would have agreed with them.
"When we went home at night, we never had a heavy heart. That meant a lot to all of us," Betty said quietly.