Woman with cancer makes last life wish at Peabody Hotel

Woman with cancer makes last life wish at Peabody Hotel
The family of one of WMC Action News 5's longtime, devoted viewers now under hospice care invited us along to witness one more visit to her favorite place. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
The family of one of WMC Action News 5's longtime, devoted viewers now under hospice care invited us along to witness one more visit to her favorite place. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
The Peabody Ducks stopped marching to salute a special guest. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
The Peabody Ducks stopped marching to salute a special guest. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) - If you had the chance to make a last wish in your life, what would you choose to do?

The family of one of WMC Action News 5's longtime, devoted viewers now under hospice care invited us along to witness one more visit to her favorite place.

Jane Pilcher was surrounded by friends and family Friday on what might be her last visit to The Peabody Hotel Lobby.

The Peabody Ducks stopped marching to salute a special guest.

She has three sons, seven grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Many came to share what this lifelong Memphian agreed was like a foretaste of heaven.

"Makes me feel so good, special," Pilcher said. "I'm 88. I'll be 89 in November, if I make it that far."

Tough news came three weeks ago. Jane has ovarian cancer, stage four. Crossroads Hospice invited Jane to think about what she'd enjoy doing one more time.

"It's important to focus on those things that you love and remember what those are throughout your life. It brings a lot of clarity," Hospice Caregiver Paige Reed said.

"We wanted to get this done as quickly as possible, get something special for her done. Make her more comfortable. She's with us now at our house," daughter-in-law Robin Pilcher said.

With the hospice team's help, Jane savored the whole scene. Gifts came from the Peabody.

Future generations will learn this is where grandmother celebrated with her Central High class of '44 and so many other special times.

"Such wonderful memories, and it's just luxurious to me," she said.

Jane says her church family at Grace Presbyterian sends her prayers and cards and her pastor visits often. He's her nephew.

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