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Elderly woman's gets dying wish, just weeks before passing

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Lynda Tompkins (WALB image) Lynda Tompkins (WALB image)
Emma McCormick (WALB image) Emma McCormick (WALB image)
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Emma McCormick died last month at 73, but her wish to visit her beloved church came true, all thanks to folks at PruittHealth-Moultrie.

Employees at PruittHealth-Moultrie say each year they find ways to go above and beyond their normal duties. "Our committee wanted to do something unusual and different," said Admissions Director Lynda Tompkins. "She was one of those people.  The doors opened and she was in church."

This year they asked residents for personal wishes. They expected outrageous requests.. like jumping out of an airplane but when they heard Miss Emma's wish they couldn't refuse. "Miss Emma would point her little finger and say, 'I just want to go back to my church one more time,'" Tompkins said.

She wanted to pay one last visit to New Bethel Baptist Church in Coolidge, where she grew up.  And employees were determined to make it happen. "She was one of those old timers that went to church all of her life.  I don't think she knew much else," said Tompkins.

So employees made sure she was received star-treatment dressed in her favorite colors. And on that Sunday morning in March, greeted by her son, she was finally able to sing and pray in that church. "It was very good. I enjoyed every bit of it," said Emma McCormick.

And even though Miss Emma is gone, she left a lasting impression on PruittHealth-Moultrie and the folks at New Bethel Baptist Church.

"The best thing is that it makes your heart, it does something to your heart.  We were all rewarded by it because she was so happy," said Tompkins.

Miss Emma was given a plaque by members of the church, to show their appreciation for her support and devotion.

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