The Legacy Society:
Katherine Dunscombe

The Legacy Society recognizes and honors people who have made contributions to the United Way of Martin County Foundation.

Katherine Dunscombe and her husband John were descendants of early settlers of Martin County and were longtime residents of Mariner Sands.

She and John lived in Fort Lauderdale for a number of years while he was an executive with Everglades Oil. Summers were spent at the family farm in Boone, N.C., where "Aunt Kit and Uncle Johnny" entertained an assortment of nieces, nephews and extended family members.

When John retired they sold the farm and moved to Mariner Sands, where they enjoyed playing golf, going out for dinner and pursuing their love of travel. They enjoyed cruising and had many wonderful adventures.

Through the years, Katherine and John were faithful donors to United Way and other charities in the community. After John passed away in 1987, Katherine worked with her professional advisors to establish a trust that would provide legacy gifts for family members and also the charities that she and John had supported during their lifetime.

When Katherine passed away in 2002 at the age of 90, she left a lasting legacy to United Way. The income and interest from her gift have provided funding for special projects and emergency needs, including a community service center in Indiantown and local hurricane relief efforts.

Because of her outstanding generosity to the community, Katherine Dunscombe was awarded the Lasting Legacy Award in 2003 at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon.