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Mr. Richard Harris

“I will never forget what Hospice of East Texas did for my Georgie, and I will forever be grateful.”

Georgieanna and Richard Harris were married for 53 happy years. Mr. Harris’s career in the Army and as an air traffic controller took them all over the United States together before they retired to Tyler.

When Georgieanna’s heart condition worsened, Hospice of East Texas stepped in to help Mr. Harris care for her in their home where she passed away in 2010. “Hospice of East Texas was there for my Georgie, and she went to heaven peacefully and without pain. They were also there for me, helping me to say goodbye,” said Mr. Harris.

Mr. Harris has designated that a portion of his estate be given to the Hospice of East Texas Foundation after his passing to create the Georgieanna and Richard Harris Endowment Fund. Annual distributions from the fund will be unrestricted, allowing Hospice of East Texas to use them in the area of greatest need at the time.

“I like the idea that I’m creating a fund that will be permanent and give back to Hospice of East Texas forever and ever. I like the idea that others will be helped the way Georgie and I were. When that gift comes to Hospice, it will be from me and from my Georgie,” Mr. Harris insists. “We were partners in all we did, so our gift will be from her as well.”