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Methodist Nutritionist Continues Her Life’s Mission through Bequest

Jane-Nuckolls-250For over 14 years, Jane Nuckolls dedicated her life to nutrition and combating hunger in Memphis through her role as the Director of Nutrition Therapy at Methodist University Hospital. 

In addition to her career as a nutritionist, Jane spent afternoons and weekends providing education about healthy eating and diabetes prevention and care at Church Health Center and other community-based events. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mid-South Food Bank.

In early 2015, Jane received a sudden terminal cancer diagnosis. While she focused on bravely fighting her cancer, Jane did not stop envisioning a community without hunger. 

In her final days of life, Jane created a Living Trust to distribute the money she would leave behind: “I believe that if we provide resources that will educate and allow us to understand the problem better, we will be able to have a significant impact in the fight against hunger,” explained Jane in her Living Trust. 

Through the Jane Nuckolls Grant to Fight Hunger, Jane directed four $25,000 grants to organizations she believed could impact hunger in Memphis.

“Jane loved her work. When she found out she had cancer, she told me what she planned to do with the money from the sale of her house. She told me that whatever was left would go to these organizations. Luckily, when I sold the house, I had the money and could carry out what she wanted,” shared Jane’s sister Judy Nuckolls. 

Sadly, Jane passed away on September 4th, 2015 at the age of 64. 

After her death, Judy carried out her sister’s last request. Four $25,000 grants were distributed to:

  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Department of Preventative Medicine to support the University’s research and education efforts within the nutrition program,
  • Mid-South Food Bank to support the building of a demonstration kitchen in their new facility,
  • University of Memphis’ School of Health Studies Environmental Nutrition Program to support the Master’s Program in Environmental Nutrition,
  • and Methodist Healthcare Foundation to support efforts to address health disparities in the 38109 zip code.

Jane Nuckolls’ loving personality, passion for community and commitment to impacting the lives of others will be missed by her family, friends, fellow Methodist Associates and the entire Memphis community. Through the Jane Nuckolls Grant to Fight Hunger, her life’s mission will continue on.

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