Hospice Hero: Nelle Carter ‘Coco’ Bunn
- By: Rebeccah Lutz
How one family’s gift brings joy for years to come
Her name was Nelle Carter Bunn, but no one called her that. She was known as Coco, a name her grandson gave her when he was just a tot, and it stuck.
Coco was the kind of person no one forgets. Her daughter describes her as the “ultimate southern matriarch” and a “stick of dynamite wrapped in velvet.” Coco was also a community servant, and she was passionate about hospice.
Thanks to a generous gift from her family, Coco’s legacy of service lives on at Big Bend Hospice.
When Coco died following a stroke in 2016, her daughter, Susan Woodham, wanted to do something for the community to honor her mother.
“That’s been a part of our family’s life, that you always do something within the community to celebrate that person,” she said. “Hospice had been such a comfort to us for both of our parents that we decided we’d like to do something here.”
Today, when families at Margaret Z. Dozier Hospice House need a moment of solitude, they visit the garden, where water trickles from a fountain built in Coco’s memory.
The family’s gift will also send five children to Camp-Woe-Be-Gone, an annual grief support program, next year.
Knowing that Coco is still making a difference is a tremendous feeling for her daughter. And what would Coco say? “She would be thrilled with the whole thing,” Woodham said.
Camp-Woe-Be-Gone is an annual support program for children who are grieving the loss of a loved one. These are the smiles that your gifts make possible!