Hospice in the Pines throws surprise party for senior executive director

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - More than 50 friends, family members and co-workers came together to surprise and celebrate Hospice in the Pines, Senior Executive Director, Demetress Harrell's 20 years on the job.

Harrell gave hugs to everyone in the room and humbly she dedicated the celebration to her co-workers and all the positive work they do with the community.

"I am so touched. I never expect anything but dedication to what we stand for," said Harrell.

"You have touched this entire community not only through your work with hospice but through the entire community and this community and it's not just Lufkin, it's everywhere you've touched," said Executive Director of Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tara Watson-Watkins.

"Today Hospice in the Pines continues to exist because you stood the test of the storm," said Hospice in the Pines, Administrative Director, Napoleon Shaw.

Demetress has been with Hospice in the Pines for 20 years.

Many of her co-workers stood to say kind words about her during the celebration.

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