Katherine & Donald Vives
It’s unusual how fate and circumstance can combine to create lifelong relationships. Such was the case for Katherine and Donald Vives. The couple moved here in 1955 when Donald became a chemical engineering professor at Auburn University. Since then, their lives have become intertwined with EAMC.
In the late 60s, at the urging of friends who volunteered at EAMC, Katherine started working as a “pink lady.” She continued at the hospital for 15 years. But it was family tragedy that first motivated the Viveses to donate to the
hospital. “Our son’s first wife, Anna, had recently died from cancer in a hospice in Florida. We wanted to do something special in remembrance. We saw an article in the paper that EAMC was raising money for Bethany House, so we made—at Judy Jackson’s suggestion—a donation to help pay for a nurses’ station,” recalls Katherine. “There is a plaque on the wall there with Anna’s name on it.”
When their son’s second wife, Gwyneth, died during childbirth in New Mexico, the Viveses once again decided a gift to the EAMC Foundation would be a fitting memorial. They started a small annuity and purchased a baby warmer for the hospital’s nursery. That was 10 years ago. Today, they are happy to report that their son is happily married with a fine family. And the Viveses recently gave the EAMC Foundation an $80,000 annuity and purchased a state-of-the-art Caleo Neonatal warmer for the Childbirth Unit.
“We’ve watched the hospital grow. Three of our children were born at EAMC. We’ve both had surgery there; Katherine with both hips and me for my prostate,” remembers Donald. “We’ve always been impressed with the care we received and their mission as they’ve expanded over the years. By giving this gift, we can help the hospital to provide new services and help our community. We benefit from a tax deduction for the gift, and the annuity provides us quarterly income for life.”
If you would like more information concerning the benefits of planned giving or annuities, please contact the EAMC Foundation.