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Donor Remembers Wife and Honors Hospice Team for Making Their Lives Better While Facing Heart Failure

Nancy Farmer didn’t want to spend another day in a hospital. She had more than her fair share over the past 50 years.

At 19, Nancy had her first heart valve replacement and was told she may only live another 10 years. Nancy lived as fully as possible with her heart condition. She majored in math at Worcester State University at a time when women were discriminated against in math and technology related fields.

She met and married Bradley Farmer in 1973 (pictured). The two shared a love for travel, camping, motorcycles, and gardening. While her health placed physical limitations on what she could do, she gave back to others as a social worker at the Rape Crisis Center and reading teacher at the Worcester House of Correction.

Nancy continued facing health issues, including a second heart valve replacement and a stroke. As it became clear in early 2019 that Nancy’s time was limited, she and her husband turned to VNA Hospice & Palliative Care to fulfill Nancy’s wish to remain at home.

The hospice team was there for both Nancy and Brad. He shared that the nurses and other members of the team were deeply caring. He remembered how Sharon Sawyer, home health aide, had a knack for making Nancy smile.

Brad received emotional support and also learned practical things to help Nancy, like how to reposition her and change a sheet while she remained in bed.

Nancy passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at home with Brad by her side.

Brad honored Nancy and the hospice staff who cared for her with a generous donation to help others in need of end-of-life care. He wrote, “Your help made her last few months of life better. Your help also made my life better. I think about the care she got every day.”

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