Waynesville Garden Club gives gift to Homestead Hospice in memory of longtime member
CLYDE, N.C. – Sylvia Lonnee, President of the Waynesville Garden Club, presented a gift of $1,000 recently for an outdoor garden at The Homestead Hospice Center at MedWest-Haywood in memory of longtime member and past president Eunice Fisher Brown.
Accepting the donation was Jenny Williams, Director of Hospice and Palliative Care Services for MedWest Health System. In attendance at the dedication were members of the garden club, friends of Eunice, daughters Eunice Ledford, Debbie Brown, son Dr. Michael Brown and grandchildren.
The Waynesville Garden Club was created in 1953 and has contributed many volunteer hours and provided funds to promote, improve and beautify Haywood County. The garden club has supported many projects including gardens at the Salvation Army, gardens at Hazelwood, Junaluska and Clyde elementary schools, gardens at the Shelton House, a garden in memory of Katy Beaty on North Main Street in Waynesville, trees in Greenhill Cemetery, benches in front of the Waynesville Police Department, and scholarships each year to students enrolled in the Horticulture program at Haywood Community College.
“The Waynesville Garden Club wanted to honor and remember the many contributions that Eunice made to the garden club and the community,” said Ms. Lonnee. “Whenever help was needed, Eunice was the first to commit time and resources.”
Recently, MedWest Health System opened The Homestead inpatient hospice unit on the MedWest-Haywood campus. The Homestead is the only inpatient hospice unit west of Asheville and is open to patients from across the region, with a physician’s referral. The Homestead has six beds, with plans to expand to 12 beds in the future. The Homestead is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of end-of-life experts including physicians, nurses, social workers, nursing assistants, a music therapist and spiritual and bereavement counselors.
The Homestead is located at 127 Sunset Ridge Road in Clyde. For more information about The Homestead, call (828) 452-8811.
Funds contributed to Hospice are managed by the HRMC Foundation, which was instrumental in raising funds to build The Homestead. For more information, please contact the HRMC Foundation at (828) 452-8343.
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Photo Credit: MedWest Health System
Sylvia Lonnee, President of the Waynesville Garden Club, second from left, presents a check for $1,000 to Jenny Williams, Director of Hospice and Palliative Care Services for MedWest Health System. The gift will be used to create an outdoor garden at the new Homestead Hospice Center at MedWest-Haywood in memory of the Garden Club’s longtime member and past president Eunice Brown. Also present at the check presentation were Garden Club members, friends and family of Eunice Brown.