EXCLUSIVE: Estate delivers $3.6M

Lillian "Sue" Sewell Jones died in 2009, but just like the philanthropy work she completed in life, her impact in Catawba County will benefit the community long into the future.

As part of her estate, Jones left gifts totaling at least $1.2 million each to Catawba Valley Community College, Newton-Conover City Schools and the city of Newton. That distribution represents a bulk of the proceeds from the Sue Jones estate, but the three organizations expect to receive additional sums in the future, though they are likely to be much smaller.

Sue and her late husband Dr. Frank Jones were involved in health care throughout their careers. Frank was a chief of surgery at the former Catawba Hospital in Newton, while Sue was a career nurse who wrote the first history of the Medical Auxiliary of the N.C. Medical Society.

Natives of Maryland, Frank and Sue moved to Newton and never left the city they came to love.

With that career interest and affection for the community they served for decades, it is no surprise that the couple left very specific instruction about the investment of their estate in the health and educational well-being of Catawba County.

In addition to the large sums her estate left for CVCC, N-CCS and the city of Newton, it also left other gifts, including:

* $50,000 for First Presbyterian Church of Newton to be applied for debt created in the construction of a new sanctuary.
* $250,000 for the Frank and Sue Jones Scholarship Fund at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
* $2,500 for "The Lunch Bunch," to continue girls night out.
* $10,000 for Adrian L. Shuford YMCA in Conover.
* $10,000 for Catawba County Historical Association.
* $10,000 for Newton-Conover Rotary Scholarship Fund.
* $25,000 for Catawba Medical Foundation at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

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