I am deeply saddened to announce the death of friend and co-worker, Laura Cole, on April 25, of cancer. I was privileged to work with Laura for over 13 years at Family Caregiver Alliance.
Laura was committed to making a difference in the world and in the lives of individuals. Her values matched her job focus at our agency and she excelled at understanding both the information needs and emotional needs of caregivers. She designed many programs to benefit them.
Laura had many roles: daughter, sister, mother, wife, companion, softball team member, book group discussant, student, friend extraordinaire, co-worker. I feel lucky to have worked with Laura for so long and to have counted her as a friend.
I know I speak for everyone who worked with Laura to say that we will miss her talents, compassion, humor, energy, curiosity, intelligence and the drive to be best in all her many endeavors.
On behalf of the staff, board and founders, our deepest condolences to her extended family.
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I am also sad to announce the passing of Doris Hoffmann at age 94. Mrs. Hoffmann, who died of Alzheimer's disease, was the subject of Bay Area filmmaker Deborah Hoffmann's extraordinary documentary, "Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter," which was nominated for an Oscar and won a number of awards.
The film lovingly portrayed Deborah's mother, but also showed the challenges, losses, frustrations and, yes, even the humor in caregivers' lives as they watch a loved one slip further into dementia. Deborah has been a good friend to FCA and we extend our deepest sympathy to her and to her family.
Kathleen A. Kelly
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