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Death claims woman with a heart for Hospice

Carole Hendrix

Carole Hendrix

 

by Rick Nichols
Friends of Hospice of Jefferson County lost a good friend last Thursday when Carole Hendrix, a longtime member of the organization’s board, died at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka.  She was 66.
Hendrix, who had served on FHJC’s board for more than 10 years, was one of about 15 volunteers who were honored by the organization during an Appreciation Breakfast April 14 in Oskaloosa. She was arguably the driving force behind “A Taste of Elegance,” the organization’s annual fundraising event, serving as co-chair of last year’s gala affair, along with Sara Oliver. She also was the organization’s volunteer fundraising coordinator and in that capacity worked with numerous volunteers throughout the year to secure donations for “A Taste of Elegance.”
One such volunteer was Jerry White, who recalls the time Hendrix made it a point to get him a magnetic nametag after he had expressed his dislike for the traditional nametag with a sharp pin he had been given to wear. “She was really a pleasure to work with because she paid attention to detail,” he told the paper Monday afternoon.
White also noted that although Hendrix aligned herself with the Republican Party, she did not let one’s party label stand between her and her desire to help others whenever and wherever she could. “She was really an asset to Jefferson County,” he said. “A lot of people are going to miss Carole.”
White’s thoughts were echoed by the Rev. Melinda Harwood, pastor of the Oskaloosa United Methodist Church. “Carole Hendrix was an inspiritrix! She was full of creative energy and animated many people to do great things,” she said in an email sent to the paper Monday. “Carole loved Jefferson County, Kansas, its land, its people and its spirit. May we continue to draw forth the vision Carole had for making our community a good place to live.”
Beth Brown, R.N., administrator of the county’s Health Department, and Meghan Fowler, volunteer coordinator for Hospice of Jefferson County, issued the following statement Monday in the wake of Hendrix’s unexpected death:
“Carole’s love, commitment and devotion for our hospice program was amazing. She tirelessly promoted Jefferson County Hospice every chance she got. Through her many gifts of service, her passion was evident. Carole’s  legacy will continue to live on through the hearts, words and deeds of the Jefferson County Hospice staff and the remarkable Friends of Hospice organization that she loved so dearly. Her hospice mission for Jefferson County was simple – to provide the best hospice care to her friends and neighbors here in Jefferson County. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten.”
In addition to serving on the FHJC board, Hendrix regularly spent time sitting with clients during the final days of their lives, one of several volunteers who were willing to take on this emotionally-demanding task.
A memorial service for Hendrix was held Monday morning at Rock Creek Bible Church in Meriden and was well attended, it was reported to the paper. Those present included County Commissioner Wayne Ledbetter.
Hendrix’s obituary appears elsewhere in this issue of the paper.

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