The Brigham community mourns the loss of Coleen Dozier, BSN, RN, of the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), who died on Jan. 10 of cancer. She was 46.
Mrs. Dozier is remembered by her PACU colleagues for her devotion to caring for others: her patients and their families, her colleagues and her own family, including husband Jarrett, stepson Sean and twin 4-year old sons Gavin and Owen.
“Coleen leaves a beautiful legacy,” said Heather Ankiewicz, RN, of the PACU. “Her ability to radiate love brought many together in countless ways throughout her journey.”
Mrs. Dozier, who earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from UMass Boston, joined the Brigham family 21 years ago, finding “a second home and her vocation when she arrived in the PACU,” said Jarrett. “As she relentlessly battled her own illness these last few years, those sister angel nurses of Coleen’s Crew and her whole BWH family fought along with her. They provided their own tremendous strength and care to Coleen and our family around the clock in her final days, on their own time with full hearts.”
The PACU team held a virtual celebration of Mrs. Dozier’s life on Jan. 19 to grieve, support each other and share precious memories.
“Coleen touched this PACU family in so many ways with her kind soul and quiet light,” said Varina Bednarz, BSN, RN, of the PACU.
Jarrett wrote of the joyful, warm home Coleen created for her family in Weymouth, “where the food, laughter and love is always abundant,” he said. “Her passion may have been caring for others, but her true calling was caring for her own. Our blessings increased when the greatest lights in her life arrived with the birth of her boys, Gavin and Owen. Her smile was always astonishingly radiant and genuine, but never so much as when she was smiling about all of her boys.”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Dozier Boys’ Fund, c/o TD Bank, 754 Main St., Weymouth, MA 02190.