Niagara Gazette — “I think Nancy would have been absolutely overwhelmed by the community reaction to her death,” Patty told me.
It seems fitting that the love that Nancy sent out from her generous heart is coming home to roost in a place so important to her, the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. It is also the place where her life came to an end in May.
She was supposed to be the volunteer chairman of “Sing Sister Sing,” the hospital auxiliary’s fundraiser for women’s health services, a cause for which she was said to be a “ferocious advocate.” The event is being held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute and features the Theresa Quinn Trio, along with appetizers, wine and basket raffles — and a tribute to Nancy. Tickets are still available for those who might like to attend by calling 545-7012.
Planners hope the event will draw new attention to the 100-year-old auxiliary which began when 200 women canvassed the community asking each family for a quarter to create the area’s first emergency care center.
Nancy Gara, deprived of the last chapters of her life with her loving husband, Sam, their six children and nine grandchildren, might never know about all those who will gather to honor her and support the hospital she loved. But, deeply moved by the strength of her spirit, her friends are determined to keep her vibrant memory alive — and, as such, they say, she will continue to serve this community for a very long time.