Since the first patient was cared for at HomePlace, the tradition has been to place a quilt on each patient bed. This simple gesture is welcoming for patients and families, often reminding them of home and beloved family treasures that have comforted their loved ones.
Quilters guilds, church groups and patient families donate quilts so that Hospice
of East Texas can continue this tradition of comfort. Inspired by the giving spirit of her fellow Hospice of East Texas volunteers,
Sheila Odaker commissioned quilter Debbie Borski to create a quilt in their honor. This stunning work of art will hang in the Meadows Conference Room of the Robert M. Rogers Hospice Center as a tribute to all the volunteers who contribute so meaningfully to the patients and families Hospice serves.
In memory of their father, Tommy Holcomb, two of his children, daughters Amy Moss and Susan Salter donated this quilt to HomePlace. Amy, the quilter, and Susan, designed the quilt with their father in mind, remembering his love of farming and working the land and the fact that he was the recipient of a Purple Heart. With fabric depicting tractors and cows, the quilt will be just right for the bed of a man like Mr. Holcomb.
Sharon Gates Grooms’ mom, Barbara Gates, was a quilter, who had made quilts for Hospice of East Texas. When Mrs. Gates passed away, Sharon’s father gave her quilting supplies to Hospice, hoping we could find a group who would finish her quilt tops and donate them to Hospice. Up stepped the East Texas Quilters Guild, who made several
lovely quilts from Mrs. Gates’ fabric. Sharon’s father passed away unexpectedly without seeing the finished quilts, but Sharon came by to see these beautiful examples of her mother’s creativity and her father’s generosity.