Donated Quilts in Clermont Bring Comfort, Honor Beloved Cancer Victim

Published in the Orlando Sentinel on December 29, 2011.

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Charity Carter, left, of the Clermont Quilters presents quilts to Lori Lau, Team Assistant at the Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont. (Photo courtesy of Carol Becker / December 28, 2011)


CLERMONT — Charity Carter of the Clermont Quilters recently donated 10 quilts to Mike Conley Hospice House in memory of fellow quilter Jami Blemker, who died at age 64 on Nov. 9 after a battle with bone and lung cancer.

“I did it in her memory,” Carter, 70, said of Blemker, who showed her appreciation for the military by making and donating dozens of quilts and pillowcases to the troops.

Blemker was the subject of an Orlando Sentinel story. In an interview before her death, she lamented: “I have too many quilts to make. I can't be sick.”

She spent her final days at Mike Conley Hospice House, operated by Cornerstone Hospice.

Carter, who started the quilters group about 11 years ago, said she created the quilts — one for each hospice bed — in less than three weeks.

“She was a dear friend,” Carter said. “She was just a loving person. She would just do anything for you.”

-- Staff report