An enduring legacy of care and generosity

volunteerAn enduring legacy of care and generosity. Dr. Shirley Salmon’s legacy of compassion lives on at Kansas City Hospice House™.

Patients and staff often experienced Dr. Shirley Salmon’s sweet smile and gentle spirit as she walked the halls of Kansas City Hospice House™. Though it has been many years, we remember Shirley as one of our most devoted volunteers.

Kansas City HospiceShirley made a point to connect with each patient and their visiting family members to offer a “mini concert” of guitar music and song from volunteer musician Gary Kirkland.

“Shirley was a humble person who had a way of putting people at ease, even during stressful times.” – Gary Kirkland

For several years this dynamic duo worked together to bring joy, peace, and comfort to many families.

Recently, we were grateful to learn that Shirley never forgot the many staff, volunteers, patients, and families she worked beside in her volunteer role at Kansas City Hospice. She sought to continue her legacy of giving by remembering Kansas City Hospice in her estate. The generosity Shirley displayed during her lifetime as a dedicated volunteer, and after her death with her enduring estate gift, lives on through the comfort and peace it will provide to families for years to come.

Mary Zahner Bauer, Director of Donor Relations, is grateful for the opportunity to meet supporters like Shirley. “Shirley will continue to make a difference in the lives of many families for years to come. What an incredible legacy of compassion she has left for our community.”

Leave an enduring legacy

There are many ways to make a legacy gift like Shirley’s. We are happy to provide a personal visit to explore options and ensure your gift is used in the way you intend. Your estate gift remains confidential unless you tell us otherwise. Also, it can help you meet financial and personal goals in a meaningful and lasting way.

If you want to leave an enduring legacy that provides comfort, care, and peace of mind to families, contact:
Mary Zahner Bauer
Director of Donor Relations
816.276.2625 or

Planning on a year-end gift? Charlie and Dottie Ray will match your gift to this year’s Golden Hour Campaign dollar for dollar up to $20,000! 

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About Us

The mission of Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care is to bring expert care, peace of mind, comfort, guidance, and hope to people who are affected by life-limiting illness or by grief. Our vision is that each person in our community is valued from life through death and each family is supported in their grief.


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