Legacy Gift Benefits Community Foundation of Johnson County, Mercy Hospice Care

Jan 15, 2014

Jaynane "Jayne" Lillig was a "gracious, vibrant, warm and friendly" person, according to her brother, Jim Coffman of Iowa City. She was a world traveler with her late husband Mick, and following his death, she traveled with friends. She and her '63 Corvette were members of the Classy Chassy Cruisers Car Club and she presented the Chris Lillig Memorial Cup to the all-around trophy winner of the Old Capitol Criterium bicycle races held each spring in downtown Iowa City, an award named in memory of her son Chris.

When Jayne was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer she quickly made sure her affairs were in order, including charitable bequests. Jayne wanted to contribute to the Community Foundation of Johnson County, and Mercy Hospital Foundation along with a gift to benefit Mercy Hospice Care.

Jayne's gift created the Lillig Family Community Impact Fund at the Community Foundation of Johnson County. The Community Foundation is grateful for Jayne's gift to the community, said Mike Stoffregen, CFJC Executive Director. "Proceeds from the grant will provide a substantial community impact grant in the next fiscal year."

Jim said his sister chose to make charitable gifts designating the Community Foundation and Mercy Hospital Foundation as the beneficiary of several IRA's.

Beneficiary designation of all or a portion of an IRA is a simple way to make a gift. Jayne met with her IRA administrator to complete the paperwork, ensuring that her thoughtful intentions would be carried out. Her generous gifts supporting the Community Foundation of Johnson County and Mercy Hospice Care are legacies that will provide community support to Johnson County and care for many patients and their loved ones now and in the future.

Stoffregen says, "In light of her illness, Jayne's gifts to the community truly represent the spirit of giving."

Reprinted courtesy of Margaret N. Reese, Mercy Hospital Foundation, Iowa City

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