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Woman donates quilt to Serenity Home in memory of husband

Jane Bruce (right) the wife of Serenity Home patient Don Bruce and Nina Mueller, Bruce's friend of 25 years, stand beside the new quilt donated to Serenity Home. The quilt was made by Mueller and presented in honor of Don Bruce. Photo supplied
Jane Bruce (right) the wife of Serenity Home patient Don Bruce and Nina Mueller, Bruce's friend of 25 years, stand beside the new quilt donated to Serenity Home. The quilt was made by Mueller and presented in honor of Don Bruce. Photo supplied

By Angie Thiesen

Serenity Hospice & Home

Quilts are a symbol of peace and comfort at Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.  

Serenity had the privilege in 2016 of serving the family of Don Bruce, a 40- year resident of Polo. 

He came into Serenity Home to spend his final days. 

If you knew Don, you knew he was kind and generous and a hard worker. He died young at the age of 69. 

He was also tall. Very tall. 

After his death, his wife Jane expressed an interest in helping Serenity obtain a bariatric bed for larger patients. 

Her generosity along with a grant from Woodward Governor, Rockford, allowed Serenity to turn one of their patient rooms into a bariatric room.

If you have ever visited  Serenity, you know that quilts are symbolic of the comfort and peace found within our hospice home.

Serenity’s collection of quilts are made with love by various artists and they serve to remind us of all the people and families we have served. 

Jane noticed that a larger bed would require a larger quilt.

This is when she approached her friend of more than 25 years, Nina Mueller. 

“I knew the perfect person to make the quilt in honor of Don,” said Jane. “Don worked with Nina’s husband for 25 years.  We were all very good friends.”  

Nina was honored to make the quilt, which was a work of love. She made the quilt in the rail fence pattern in beautiful masculine colors. 

Recently the two women visited Serenity Home and presented the new quilt in honor of Don and all the others who will find peace and comfort in the bariatric bed.