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Requiem for hospice

Locals mourn loss of Close to Home inpatient hospice months later

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It took a broken hip and a lost life for Gillette residents to find out that Campbell County Health discontinued its inpatient hospice services at Close to Home Hospice Hospitality House.

After falling in October, Helen Barnette, 84, found herself at Campbell County Memorial Hospital. Her health was already in question after years of fighting a lung illness. The broken hip only complicated matters.

Margie and Holly

Margie Ketterling, left, is comforted by daughter Holly Tate in Ketterling’s home late Tuesday afternoon as she holds a portrait of her parents, Ed and Helen Barnette. Ed was served by the Close to Home Hospice House in 2014, while Helen was unable to recently during her final days.

Close to Home

Margie Ketterling, left, and daughter Holly Tate hold a portrait of Ketterling’s parents, Ed and Helen Barnette.

Close to Home

Raymond and Jeanne Shepherd stand in a wing of the Close to Home Hospice House named in their honor after the couple’s substantial contribution to build the facility.

Close to Home

Margie Ketterling reaches for a portrait of her parents off a shelf in her Gillette home Tuesday afternoon.

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