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Former Bulletin reporter Judy Spooner to enter hospice

Judy Spooner

Former Bulletin reporter and columnist Judy Spooner is entering hospice months after suffering a major stroke.

Gary Spooner said Thursday his wife would enter hospice care beginning Monday. She has been at Norris Square Senior Living in Cottage Grove for about two months.

“It is a tough situation but I will comply with her wishes,” Gary Spooner wrote to friends Thursday. “Right now I want to make sure she is comfortable and secure.”

Judy Spooner, 74, suffered her third stroke in June and it had severe effects. She lost mobility and her ability to speak. A feeding tube has been used. Her family had hoped she would start eating regular meals, but she has refused to eat and participate in therapy.

Gary Spooner said he discussed the future of care for Judy with their daughters, Margie Williams and Laura Booth, son-in-law Eric Williams and close friend Ruth Voights.

“We have decided to put her in hospice care and try to make her as comfortable as possible,” he said.

Judy Spooner retired in 2013 after more than 40 years as a Bulletin reporter, photographer and columnist. She was a staple at community events and in local schools.

Gary Spooner said people who know Judy are welcome to visit her. She is in room 351 at Norris Square, 8200 Hadley Ave.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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