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Oak Ridge Native Leaves Legacy of Love to Methodist Hospitality Houses

Posted on July 10, 2017

Lewis and Phyllis Phillips, Nancy’s step-father and mother, and Barb Cooksey, Nancy’s sister, present a bequest from Nancy Reed’s estate to MMC Hospitality Houses Manager Kim Maes and MMC Foundation Director of Development Jennifer Sheehan.
Nancy Reed and her beloved dog, Albert.

Nancy Reed grew up in Oak Ridge and dedicated her life to teaching. A sixth grade math teacher at Karns Middle School in Knoxville, Nancy fought a valiant battle with can­cer, inspiring her students, friends and family with her strong spirit. That in­spiration lives on through the many lives she touched in her teaching career; as a loving daughter, sister, aunt, and friend; and in her generous legacy to the Hos­pitality Houses of Method­ist Medical Center.

During her treatment with specialists in Win­ston-Salem, North Caro­lina, Nancy’s family stayed in a nearby hospital hospi­tality house – a lodging fa­cility for those facing seri­ous medical issues far from home. Because that facility was so important to them during a trying time, Nancy decided to contribute a portion of her estate to support the Hospitality Houses here in Oak Ridge. She passed away in June of 2016.

Last month, Nan­cy’s mother and step-father, Phyllis and Lewis Phillips, and sister, Barb Cooksey, visited the Houses for a tour and presented manager Kim Maes with a significant con­tribution to support the mis­sion of Hospitality Houses.

“Their generosity and dedication to other pa­tients and families facing serious illness far from home is admirable,” said Maes. “Methodist Medi­cal Center is grateful for their desire to make an impact in this community and beyond, and to ensure that Nancy’s legacy lives on in the work of the Hos­pitality Houses.”

The Hospitality Hous­es of Methodist Medical Center have been part of the Oak Ridge commu­nity since 1997 and are supported solely through charitable contributions. Whether that’s through monetary donations, food and household necessities or in the form of volun­teer support, everything offered to the Hospitality Houses is valued and ap­preciated.

Maes said, “On behalf of the many patients and families who rely on the Hospitality Houses during a medical crisis, we thank Nancy’s family for their incredible support. We are continually overwhelmed by the impact our hous­es, and those around the country, have on patients and families in need. It is the generosity of families like this one that continue to make our program pos­sible.”

To learn more about opportunities to support the Hospitality Houses, please call (865) 835-4358 or visit mmcoakridge. com/hospitality.