John Kiesewetter reports:
Despite a painful battle with cancer, nurse Jennifer Partridge continued to make Christ Hospital intensive care unit patients comfortable through her last shift.
“She was passionate about nursing and caring for other people,” said intensive care unit nurse Judy Poppe.
Ms. Partridge, 46, was remembered by her “second family” of friends and co-workers at a Friday memorial reception in Mount Adams. She died July 11 from leiomyosarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer, in the Christ Hospital emergency room.
Earlier this month, when an ICU patient wanted to listen to a radio, Ms. Partridge disconnected an office radio and took it to the person at the end of her shift.
“Then she sat with her, and was 2½ hours late getting home,” said Poppe of the single mother of an adopted 4-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. “She is one of those people you don’t soon forget.”
Ms. Partridge grew up in Hillsboro, about 60 miles northeast of Cincinnati, and lived there until last year. At an early age, she developed an interest in science and math.
“We made about 10 trips to the Everglades, and two to the Okefenokee Swamp (on the Florida-Georgia border),” said her father, Dr. Tom Partridge of Mount Adams, an Anderson Township periodontist.
Ms. Partridge graduated from Good Samaritan nursing school in 1988, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University in 2004. She helped design Christ Hospital’s electronic ICU center, where two nurses monitor vital signs around-the-clock for all 48 patients, Poppe said.
During chemotherapy 10 months ago, Ms. Partridge and her daughter moved in with Judy and Chic Poppe in Mason to be closer to work and more day-care facilities.
“It saved her a lot of energy while working a 12-hour shift,” her father said.
Ms. Partridge’s life was filled with “this second family” of co-workers, college friends and nursing school classmates, her father said.
Services have been held. Her body was cremated. Her ashes will be spread on the Hillsboro family farm, he said.
In addition to her father, survivors include her mother, Melinda Partridge of Hillsboro; and two sisters, Beth Ann Partridge and Valerie Wise, both of Hillsboro.
Memorials: American Cancer Society (Leiomyosarcoma Fund), 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati OH 45206; or the Highland County Humane Society, P.O. Box 471, Hillsboro, OH 45133.
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