With a lead gift from Pam and Thomas Smith and contributions from scores of friends and colleagues, the Bobbie and Mel Lovelady Fund was established at the Hospice of East Texas Foundation in 2015.
Searching for a way to honor Mel on his retirement, his colleague and friend, Thomas, asked Mel about causes he considered closet to his heart. Mel identified two passions that were of primary importance to his family: hospice care and care for persons with dementia. Mel served several terms on the Hospice of East Texas Board of Directors and Hospice cared for the Loveladys’ beloved daughter, Rebecca Lovelady Craft, in her final days. Care for persons with dementia was close to Mel’s heart as well because Bobbie struggled with the disease for many years.
Distributions from the Bobbie and Mel Lovelady Fund at the Hospice of East Texas Foundation fund programs at Hospice which provide care to dementia patients at the end of their lives and support to those who are caring for them.