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Tomb dies in Florida hospice

Chad Abraham

Aspen resident Sherry Tomb died Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after battling a rare form of Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was 57.Tomb’s husband, Billy, and friends and relatives were at her bedside in the Hospice Care of Broward County when she died, said Jan Blair, Sherry’s sister.”She died peacefully in her sleep,” she said. “Her whole family was with her.”An article in Monday’s Miami Herald said Tomb worked at the hospice center from 1987 to 1991, helping to build its staff of a few volunteers into a 150-employee work force.On the day she died, hospice workers and families released hundreds of butterflies, an annual event to remember the people “who have passed in their care,” Blair said. “She passed away in the morning and that afternoon the whole family was there for the butterfly ceremony. It was very touching.”Tomb’s death has left her family “devastated,” Blair said. “This Christmas she was up and walking around, fairly mobile considering her condition.”Billy and Sherry went down to Florida in late February for a vacation. But “within a few weeks she was in full-on hospice care,” Blair said. They were to celebrate their wedding anniversary later this month.Billy Tomb, a longtime Pitkin County corrections officer, told the Herald that his wife was “vivacious, bright, fun.”In December, the Tombs’ Aspen home was heavily damaged in a fire, forcing them to find other living arrangements. Now their home is “almost ready. Billy will be coming back to resume his life, but unfortunately Sherry’s not going to be there with him,” Blair said.Before her illness, Sherry Tomb was a legal secretary in Aspenand also worked for the Food & Wine Classic and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association. She is survived by Billy and a daughter, Alyson Mikos.There will be a memorial in Aspen at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Blair said donations should be made to Hospice Care of Southeast Florida Inc., 309 SE 18th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is

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