His dying wish was to say, “I do.”


His dying wish was to say, “I do.”

Jerry Murphy of Blair had a wish to marry the love of his life, Tammy Long. After 28 years of being together, now was time to do it. As a hospice patient of B-Home Services and Supplies through Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH), Jerry knew he did not have much time left. He told caregivers he always wanted to marry Tammy but they could never afford it.

When Chaplain, Kevin Newell heard Jerry’s wish, he knew he had to act. With the help of the hospice team at BRMH as well as family and friends, Jerry’s wish finally came true on August 26, 2019, all thanks to Kathy’s Fund. Kathy’s Fund is a designated fund for hospice patients to provide last wishes and unmet needs for families that may not otherwise be able to do so.

The Best Man, Paul Kelly, takes pride knowing that he brought the two together. Paul stated, “Tammy asked me if I would give her riding lessons. I told her that I didn’t have the time but I had a friend who could help her out. They’ve been together ever since!” It was horses that brought Jerry and Tammy together all those years ago. Though the plan to be married on horseback couldn’t happen, the horses were still in attendance.

For information about Kathy’s Fund, contact B-Home Services and Supplies at 715-284-3662.

Bride and Groom lovingly holding hands during the ceremony.

From left to right, Judy Lone (Maid-of-Honor), Tammy Long (Bride), Paul Kelly (Best Man), Jerry Murphy (Groom), and Kevin Newell (BRMH Chaplain and officiant).

Officially husband and wife with a signed Marriage License.

Bride and Groom visiting with loved ones after the ceremony.

Tammy and Judy pose with Tammy and Jerry’s horses.

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