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June 3, 2014

Clover woman dies just days after poetry book published

Linda Davis, the Clover cancer patient whose book of poetry was published as a dying wish, has died, coroner officials confirmed. She was 56.

Linda Davis, the Clover cancer patient whose book of poetry was published as a dying wish, has died, coroner officials confirmed. She was 56.

Hospice & Community Care workers and The Dream Foundation of California worked together hurriedly to have Davis’ book of poems – titled “Thoughts Everlasting” – published before she died. The books arrived May 22, and she died six days later.

From her deathbed, Davis called the publication of her poetry one of her greatest accomplishments.

“Now I have something for my family and my friends and everybody to have after I am gone soon,” Davis said when the books arrived. “They can remember me with this.”

Danette Duncan, the hospice social worker who pushed for the book to be published in time, said Davis was able to experience joy before she died.

“She did it, she wrote the words,” Duncan said. “I was just her feet to help get it into print.”

When the volunteers at The Dream Foundation read about reaction to the book and watched The Herald’s video of Davis reading some of her poetry, “there wasn’t a dry eye in the place,” said Megan Turley, one of the dream coordinators at the nonprofit who help adults facing terminal illnesses make dreams come true before they die.

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