Pay It Forward
Marion Moritz has been very fortunate in her life. She is thankful for the opportunity to share her blessings with others. Her contributions to Methodist Hospital Foundation are an example of how Marion chooses to pay it forward.
Marion and her late husband, John, moved from Nebraska to Arizona with their three children, David, Joan and Mary Fran, in 1974. After John passed, Marion returned to Nebraska to run the family business. Upon her return, Marion reconnected with the Rev. Alva Clark, Th.D., who had presided over her wedding to John.
Dr. Clark introduced her to the good works of Methodist Hospital Foundation. During his lifetime, John had served on the Methodist Hospital Board of Directors. In 1968, he was instrumental in helping acquire the Schimmel Indian Hills Inn, which housed student nurses. "John loved the hospital and enjoyed his work on the Board," Marion says. Marion decided to follow in John's footsteps by serving on the Methodist Hospital Foundation Board. She also has graciously given to the needs at Nebraska Methodist College.
Marion gives credit to her parents, Earl and Ina Jorgensen, for her desire to make a difference in the lives of others. "My parents were always very active in the church and giving to help others," Marion says. "They set the example for me and encouraged me to do the same." To honor her parents and her in-laws, Marion set up two endowed scholarships at Nebraska Methodist College. The Earl and Ina Jorgensen Memorial Scholarship and the Jesse and Opal Moritz Memorial Scholarship allow students the opportunity to broaden their education and to shine as health care professionals.
In addition to the scholarships, Marion has generously supported Josie's Village student housing at Nebraska Methodist College-The Josie Harper Campus. She established The John Moritz Library in honor of her late husband. She considers the Library her niche and her way to contribute to the student's learning.
Marion's gifts are enriching the student experience and strengthening the education they receive. "I have enjoyed seeing the College grow as well as the continuing improvements being made," Marion says. With her contributions, Marion is enabling others to do as she has done and pay it forward.
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