Methodist Healthcare Foundation

First-hand Experiences Inspire Planned Gift to Methodist Hospice

Kathleene_StPetersburg_1When asked why she chose to support Methodist Hospice for the past 15 years, Kathleene A. Sims simply replied, “Gratitude.”

As the primary caretaker for both her mother, Kathleene Gregory Sims, and her aunt, Marie Gregory Cooper, Kathleene knows first-hand how important hospice care can be for patients and families at the end of life.

Kathleene’s aunt received 24/7 hospice care for 6 months before dying at 97 years old. Just a few months later, Kathleene’s mom was in need of hospice care.

 “You could count on the Methodist caretakers for anything. So, when the doctor said it was time for Hospice with Mother, I requested Methodist,” shared Kathleene. In 2006, her mother passed away at the age of 105.

Following her positive experiences with Methodist Hospice, Kathleene became a generous annual donor. Then, in 2008, she elected to provide an even greater gift to help build the Methodist Hospice Residence through a planned gift

“Knowing my situation, I thought there are probably a lot of people who may not have somebody who can assist them in staying in their home. So, I thought the Hospice Residence was definitely something that we needed in this town.”

When she attended the Hospice Residence grand opening, Kathleene was amazed, “I have always liked to garden. I think that would be so wonderful to be able to get out of your hospital room and be outside.”

Kathleene is a graduate of Central High School, University of Memphis and Baylor University.  A dedicated Baylor Bear, she remains an avid follower of Baylor's sports teams. She taught in the Memphis City Schools and then worked as an educational consultant and sales representative for Houghton Mifflin textbook publishers until she retired in 1989.

Today, Kathleene spends her time maintaining her beautiful Midtown home where she has lived since she was born, attending First Baptist Church as a life-long member, and performing with Christ United Methodist Church’s “First Generation Singers” Choir at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

She also remains an avid traveler: “Do it while you can. If you wait until you have the money to travel, then you may not have the health!”

Photo Cutline: Kathleene Sims is pictured here in St. Petersburg, Russia on one of her many traveling adventures.

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