Patricia D. Campbell
The Merrick Foundation recently received an estate gift in the amount of $100,000 from Ms. Patricia Don Campbell. Miss Pat, as her friends called her, was born in Central City and was the daughter of Donald and Ina Campbell. She originally taught elementary school in Central City before moving to Lincoln and teaching at Lincoln Public Schools for 25 years before retiring in 1987.
Miss Pat requested that her donation go directly into the fund that she had created in her parent’s memory in 1997, which is the Ina & Don Campbell Fund. “The fund was originally created with two ideas in mind,” state Shauna Graham, Executive Director at the Merrick Foundation. “First, the fund is used to ensure that graves of family members are decorated on Memorial Day. We work with local florists to ensure this happens each and every year. Second, any remaining funds are used to support mentally challenged adults in Merrick County as well as the Nebraska Therapeutic Riding Academy.”
“Miss Pat was responsible for setting up the fund in memory of her parents and in doing so, she wanted to make sure it was endowed,” continues Graham. “Creating an endowed fund ensures that their family legacy will continue on forever in Merrick County. We are so thankful for the trust she has placed in us to carry out her wishes.”