Hospice bids farewell to long time executive director

For the last decade Marquitta Andrus has been the executive director for Hospice of the Central Peninsula. May 30th friends gathered in the new Hospice offices in the AK Maxi Storage mall to bid her farewell and share memories of the organization which has provided services to so many, “I’m resigned but not retired,” Andrus told the Dispatch, “I’m seeking new opportunities. There is no doubt that this line of work and advocating for people is my heart’s passion and I plan on following my heart,” she said. Taking a walk down memory lane Andrus said, “My favorite part of the Hospice organization is their mission which is helping those with a terminal or life limiting illness and coming along side the families helping to educate them in understanding signs and symptoms of death and alleviating their fears in knowing that they can do this at home. Being the bridge for that understanding is what I loved most here,” she said.

The annual winter wine tasting auction to benefit Hospice is an event that Marquitta says she’ll continue to attend in the future and was glad to help mold it into a popular event, “The devoted volunteers and committee make it one of the most highly anticipated fun events on the Peninsula that sells out way in advance annually. My other favorite event was Camp Mend-A-Heart that was a vision given to this organization many years ago before I came, but it was wonderful to be a part of that and watch that seed that was planted grow and be watered with the training that makes the camp so special. We are very proud of that program in addition to our medical loan closet that serves six to eight people a day and is a community gift,” she recalled.

Others who gathered at the farewell recalled, “She was not only a good boss but a great friend,” said Mary Jensen. “She has the heart of Hospice and that’s what will always stand out in my memory of her time here, I think she was born with the heart of Hospice and that will be truly missed, but we’ll keep that heart and get her volunteering now,” added Mary Green. Marquitta Andrus: not retired, just up-graded to volunteer status and greatly appreciated by many.