Benefit Sunday to aid Brummond family

FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT FAMILY — Holly Brummond, center, is seen with her husband, John, and their daughter, Ainsley. Holly passed away earlier this week after a long fight with cancer.

FAIRMONT — A benefit for the family of Holly Brummond with be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Truman.

Holly passed away Monday after a prolonged battle with cancer. Her friend Anne Davis is one of the organizers of the fundraiser and shared some of Holly’s story.

“Holly was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the spring of 2014,” she said. “She had multiple surgeries and did chemo on and off for the entire five years.

“She worked [at Mayo in Fairmont] until this July and her work was very important to her. Her work family was very motivating and supportive of her, and she stayed involved with Truman Pride.”

Left to cherish Holly’s memory are her 15-year-old daughter, Ainsley; husband, John; and mother-in-law, Roxy.

“Her husband John was by her side the entire time,” Davis said. “He was very supportive as her caregiver, and her mother-in-law, Roxy Brummond, also stayed by her side until the very end.

“We’ve had this benefit planned, and I was hoping Holly was going to be there,” Davis said. “Now, we still want to have it to show support for the Brummond family and give everybody in the community a chance to come and show their support for John and Ainsley.”

The benefit will be a spaghetti dinner and a bake sale.

“Holly was known as being a very outspoken, positive and generous person,” Davis said. “She was very strong, very fun, and she was always smiling, and she was always going out of her way to help people.

“No matter what diagnosis she had, she never lost her faith. She never lost her courage, her hope, or her fight and she never gave up.

“She was never angry about her situation. She had mentioned to me many times that she saw her cancer diagnosis as a blessing in some ways because it showed her the important things in life and helped her live life to the fullest.”

“She was a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, and her work family was extremely close with her. She also loved to travel and was very adventurous; she traveled to Hawaii and Paris in 2019.”

“She had a lot of support from her family, her work family and the community.”