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Donation of home will benefit Clay County residents

Friday, December 13, 2002

Bryan Taylor (left), Clay County Community Foundation board member, accepts the donation of this house, located next to Hardee's on National Avenue. The house was a gift from Gerry and David Mitchell (center). Judy Eifert (right), CCCF affiliate director, said Lilly Endowment will match dollar for dollar the appraised value of the house.

The Clay County Community Foundation received the gift of a house from David and Gerry Mitchell. The house is located at 324 E. National Ave.

The appraised value will be matched dollar for dollar by Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of its GIFT Phase V program, wrote Clay County Affiliate Director Judy Eifert in a prepared statement.

Two permanent funds will be created: The Anna Ferrell Endowment Fund and The Penman Girls Operating Endowment Fund.

The Mitchells now live in Terre Haute.

Gerry Penman, a Brazil High School and Indiana State University graduate, married David Mitchell in 1948.

The house was purchased by Bertha Grisbach Ferrell, Gerry's maternal grandmother. Gerry's mother, Anna Ferrell, returned to this home to care for her mother and grandmother and lived there until Anna's death in 1987.

The Anna Ferrell Endowment Fund was created as a memorial to a widowed mother who raised three daughters and cared for her own mother and grandmother.

The Penman Girls Operating Endowment Fund recognizes the three daughters; Bertha, Geraldine and Coral Penman. Their father, John Penman, was killed with his father-in-law and brother-in-law in an Inter-urban train accident.

"Gerry felt that Brazil and Clay County should be repaid for being such wonderful places to have spent her childhood and youth with her family and her two sisters," Eifert wrote.

Brian Taylor, a member of the Clay County Community Foundation Board, introduced David and Gerry Mitchell to the work of the Clay County Community Foundation.

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