‘Humble' TN woman's $6 million estate shared with charities
An undated photograph of Nadine Dempster.
A Knoxville woman who lived simply and advised her only child to "spend your time and money wisely" left a $6.16 million estate to eight charities, seven from East Tennessee.
The money will be distributed today at a news conference remembering the late Nadine Brantley Dempster. The Knoxville native died in 2012 at age 93, leaving a trust that gives $770,000 to each of the eight groups. The unrestricted gifts surprised many recipients. "It's a godsend," said Amy Buttry, fiscal director of the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.
Five beneficiaries — the Humane Society, East Tennessee Children's Hospital, Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church, InterFaith Health Clinic and the Knoxville Zoo — are Knoxville-based. The Holston United Methodist Home for Children is in Greeneville. Bachman Academy, which serves children with learning disabilities, is in McDonald, TN, in Bradley County. The out-of-state recipient is New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Dempster didn't specify why she selected the eight. "She wrote down what she wanted, and we carried out her instructions," said Meridian Trust President Tom Coulter.