In Memory of Judy Ford I am filled with emotion and tearing up as I think of the loss of Judy. Judy died recently of cancer at her home surrounded by the love and support of close friends and family. She died only a few weeks after the unexpected death of her husband, her life partner, Jeff.
I communicated with Judy over her months of cancer care and just before her very end of life journey, and as expected, she was her lively but caring self. I shared with Judy how special she was to me throughout her nearly 10 years as part of Hill House Hospice DNA. She touched countless patients and staff with her practical, sensible, loving approach. She was number 2 in the hierarchy at Hill House under the ED, but we would wink at each other that she was really a joint number 1!
Judy was the ultimate professional nurse, but always had time for a laugh, a peanut butter cookie, a cigarette and a Chardonnay. She taught me as a palliative care physician the true meaning of humanity and the value of exemplary nursing observations, a gift that came from years of experience and innate compassion.
She will certainly be missed by so many but the echoes of her care still ring through the walls of Hill House Hospice where she left a special mark.
Rest in peace dear Judy. Thank you for making a difference to so many, and impacting my own life journey in such a positive way. We at Hill House Hospice will have you in our hearts forever.
Dr. Brian Berger.