For Immediate Release:              

May 1, 2020

Contact: Kelly Montanye, Manager of Community Outreach & Volunteer Services (518) 725-4545,

The Sew Busy Quilt Guild Donates Memory Bears to MVH Loved Ones

Gloversville, NY – At Mountain Valley Hospice we knew we wanted to do more to preserve the memory of our loved ones. In February, we launched a Memory Bear program in collaboration with the Sew Busy Quilt Guild. Each bear created has it’s own unique story that is sure to melt your heart.

The first bear delivered went to Gary W. who lost his partner in crime, Dennie H. The couple shared amazing times together traveling in their renovated bus before Dennie got sick. The bear means a great deal to Gary, as he admired Dennie and her artistic abilities. Years back, she designed Cabbage Patch dolls to resemble their adventurous sides (see pictured).

The second bear was made in memory of Mary D. Mary’s daughter, Maryann V., shared with me that the bright and cheerful shirt used to create the bear was something her mother loved to wear. The bear also features multi-color buttons, which is a reminder of Mary’s fun-loving spirit! Maryann is pictured with MD (the bear) and her mother’s portrait.

These Memory Bears were made with love by the Sew Busy Quilt Guild. We cannot thank the guild enough for choosing MVH as one of their charitable projects! Be sure to check out their other work on their website, which can be found here –

The mission of Mountain Valley Hospice is to enhance the lives of those we serve by supporting what matters most to them.  Mountain Valley Hospice supports patients and families in the Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga and Hamilton Counties of New York State. The Nancy Dowd Hospice Home is an elegantly rustic, 8-bed facility with 24/7 care for those seeking comfort. Anyone can make a referral or request a tour of the building. For details, visit