Hospice helps two generations among 6,000 patients

Published: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 04:03 PM.

"They did a great deal for us before our son passed away," Billy Gartman, Masuko's husband, said. "Anything we needed, they were there for us — anytime.

"We didn't have to ask for anything ... It couldn't have gone any better.

Eddie, the couple's son, died from pancreatic cancer in 2005 at age 48.

"No words can express how I felt. It was like the end of the world," Billy, 81, said.

Masuko took the loss of their son the hardest.

"To be honest, I don't think she ever got over it," he said. "It could be part of the reason she is in here."

Earlier in life, Masuko honored Eddie's 20-plus years in the U.S. Navy with "Night Fighter," a painting displayed in the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Mississippi.

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