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A Knoxville woman finds a way to touch the lives of people and animals across East Tennessee, even after her death.

Nadine Dempster died in December 2012 at the age of 93. She left her $6.1 million estate to eight charities she wanted to help.

Tuesday, Meridian Trust announced that seven local groups and one national organization will receive $770,000 each from Dempster's estate.

The list includes Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church where Dempster was a long time member.

"It was obvious here today that Nadine had a heart for children, has a heart for her faith and her church, has a heart for even the animals, the zoo, the humane society. She understood really the whole community needed to be helped and she cared about the whole community," said Steve Diggs.

In addition to her church, Dempster's list of chosen charities include East Tennessee Children's Hospital, the Holston Home for Children, Knoxville Zoo and a cancer center in New York City.

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