Like many of Le Bonheur's most generous donors, Ellen Powell's dedication to the hospital and its mission began and blossomed as a result of her volunteer work at Le Bonheur.
After growing up on a farm in nearby Arkansas, Ellen moved to Memphis and became an active member of the Le Bonheur Club, joining soon after the organization was founded in the early 1920s. Through the years, Ellen's volunteer work included sewing gowns for Le Bonheur patients and surgical masks and sheets for the operating room; working in the gift shop; and operating the hospital's elevator. Long-time Le Bonheur Club member Gloria Andereck remembers Ellen as a very active member who hosted Le Bonheur Club meetings in her home.
Betty Barker, a niece who lived with Ellen Powell's family while attending a private school in Memphis, said, "Aunt Ellen was a very interesting person, and she just loved Le Bonheur."
When Ellen Powell died in 1988, just shy of her 90th birthday, both Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center and her niece, Betty Barker, were beneficiaries of her charitable remainder trust. Betty was the income beneficiary, and Le Bonheur was the remainder beneficiary. The Le Bonheur Gift Shop in the new hospital will be named in honor of Ellen Powell.
"I'm very proud that her gift will help children who might not have another chance. It's great to have Le Bonheur in Memphis and not have to send children somewhere else for care."
Ellen Powell's charitable remainder trust was all about families—the donor's family and the families of Le Bonheur
When Ellen Powell established a charitable remainder trust in her will, she not only provided annual income for her niece, she also provided funds for Le Bonheur to continue serving children beyond her lifetime.
A charitable remainder trust enables you to transfer cash, securities, or other property to the trust, either during your lifetime or in your will. You should receive a tax deduction, and your trust will pay income for your beneficiary's life or for a fixed term of not more than 20 years. When your trust ends, its remaining funds will pass to Le Bonheur.