about the Beeson Trust
…to Canterbury United Methodist Church, Mountain Brook, Alabama, to apply to the relief of the needy elderly of Jefferson County, Alabama, including medical treatment…Last Will and Testament of Lucille Stewart Beeson, January 8, 2001.
October 15, 2001 began an ongoing and unique program at Canterbury. Long-time member, Lucille Stewart Beeson, died and left a great gift to our community. Her estate, valued in 2001 at $168 million was left to 12 agencies in town. Today, that account is valued at almost $200 million.
Canterbury was granted 10.6% of the interest on this money. Canterbury’s mission was to find ways to address the needy elderly in Jefferson County, including health care. For the last 15 years, there has been dedicated teams of Canterburians who receive proposals from agencies, attend site visits with applying agencies, and meet quarterly to allocate funds.