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By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - One woman's generosity is making a big impact on patients at Valdosta's Langdale Hospice House.

When Leona Strickland Hudson passed away last year, she left $130,000 to South Georgia Medical Center.  Part of that gift was used to complete a memorial garden at the Hospice House.

Patients and their loved ones can now enjoy a calm, relaxing environment away from the stresses of illness.

"It even helps the staff members, the nurses, volunteers, as well as the family members of the patients," says Elizabeth Strickland, Director of the South Georgia Medical Center Foundation.  "They're able to walk outside and feel like they're at home, and have some quiet time away from the stress of being in there with their loved one who is terminally ill."

Leona Strickland Hudson was never a hospice patient herself.  Because she had no children, she simply wanted to leave her money to a meaningful organization.

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