Parkman Memorial Giving Society Established in Honor of Ted and Floyd Parkman
Rockingham Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice was recently named the recipient of a $100,000 gift in memory of Ted and Gertrude “Floyd” Parkman, longtime New Hampshire Seacoast residents who benefited from hospice care. The contribution was made on behalf of the Parkmans by Floyd’s daughter, Anne Perry of Massachusetts, and son, Chris Winslow of Pennsylvania.
Ted and Floyd were long-time residents of RiverWoods at Exeter, a continuing care retirement community in Exeter, NH. Because of hospice care, Ted was able to remain with Floyd in the comfort of their apartment at RiverWoods during his progression through the advanced stages of lymphoma.
“Remaining in the apartment at RiverWoods was of upmost importance to both Ted and my mother, and without hospice and the help of numerous friends, it would not have been possible,” recalls Floyd’s daughter, Anne Perry. “The hospice caregivers who provided exceptional care for Ted also provided emotional support to my mother throughout that difficult time. She was extremely grateful for their assistance in helping her cope with Ted’s illness, and we are happy to honor her wishes by making this contribution to Rockingham VNA & Hospice.”
Floyd continued to live in their RiverWoods apartment for another 17 years before succumbing to Alzheimer’s in 2014.
“We are honored to accept this generous donation,” said Karen Michel, executive director of Rockingham VNA & Hospice. “Many families in our community are impacted by advanced illnesses, and as a non-profit, gifts such as these allow our compassionate caregivers to continue to provide comfort and support to patients and their loved ones during a time when it is most needed.”
Rockingham VNA & Hospice, an agency serving more than 41 towns in southern New Hampshire, is one of three affiliates that comprise Exeter Health Resources, which also includes Exeter Hospital, a 100-bed tax exempt, community-based hospital, and Core Physicians, a community-based, multi-specialty group practice. In appreciation of their gift, Exeter Health Resources’ advancement team has established the Parkman Memorial Giving Society, giving special recognition to all future memorial donations such as the Parkman’s. The Parkman Memorial Giving Society will help Rockingham VNA & Hospice further its mission of providing the highest quality home care, community outreach program, and services.
“This donation exemplifies how important the Exeter community is to the Parkman family, and it is our pleasure to honor their contribution by establishing the Parkman Memorial Giving Society,” said Dan Raposa, advancement director, Exeter Health Resources. “The Parkman’s gift demonstrates that the mission of Rockingham VNA & Hospice’s programs and services are worthy of philanthropic consideration, and memorial contributions are a simple way to help maintain the vitality of the organization.”
To learn more about philanthropic opportunities at Rockingham VNA & Hospice and Exeter Hospital, visit www.UnitedInWellness.org.
SISTERS ANNE PERRY (RIGHT) AND CHASE BARNETT (LEFT) ENJOY SHARING STORIES ABOUT THEIR PARENTS.