Leslie Des Roches (left), whose husband, Emile, was a hospice patient at St. Anthony’s, talks with Marlene Shelton before the dedication of a walkway honoring Shelton for 30 years of service in hospice care.
Walkway of Life dedicated
Hospice leader honored for 30 years of service
Walking along a new stone path dedicated in her honor, Marlene Shelton offered these thoughts: “This Walkway of Life represents that love in all of us. It’s our way of saying, ‘we were here, we walked life’s journey, and we mattered.’”
For more than 30 years, Shelton worked to turn a dream into a reality: to create a safe haven for those living out life’s last journey and needing end-of-life care. Her dream at St. Anthony’s became the Fern & Russell F. de Greeff Hospice House, the only hospital facility of its kind dedicated to serving the medical, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of hospice patients in a home-like setting.
This summer, to honor Shelton’s long-standing passion and commitment to hospice care, a Walkway of Life was dedicated in her name. The Walkway, which meanders from the Circle of Life Fountain in front of the Hospice House to its stone grotto, is made of stepping stones engraved in honor of or in memory of a loved one. Friends, families, corporations and foundations purchase stepping stones to celebrate a life well lived. All funds received are used to provide for hospice patients who are uninsured or underinsured.
To purchase a stone paver in the Marlene Shelton Walkway of Life, contact St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation at 314-525-7367 or visit www.sacf-giving.org.
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