Shriners honors the memory of generous couple

May 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California recently honored the memory of a remarkable and generous couple. Determined to make a positive difference in the lives and others, George and Emilia McKarley established a Charitable Remainder Trust to provide a lifetime income for their daughter and ultimately benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The McKarley’s grandson Bruce Johnsen and his wife, Mary-Anne, traveled from Melbourne, Australia to Sacramento to participate in a donor wall ceremony on April 20 that honored his grandparents and their generous donation of nearly $300,000 to the hospital.

“The people of the Shriners Hospital are to be congratulated for putting the funding my grandparents worked hard to obtain to such great use in helping the lives of so many children. I am sure they would be honored,” noted Mr. Johnsen, the McKarley’s maternal grandson.

Mr. and Mrs. McKarley were born and reared in San Francisco. Mr. McKarley worked as a delivery milkman, and the couple met when he made a delivery to the delicatessen owned by Mrs. McKarley’s father. The couple married in the late 1920s and began a life of community service when they joined the Masonic family – and became active in the Freemasons and Eastern Star. Mr. McKarley worked as a foreman in the building of Liberty Ships during World War II and later worked for Southern Pacific Railroad. Mrs. McKarley worked as a homemaker and a door-to-door sales representative for a cosmetic company.

After retiring in the early 1970s, the couple moved to the Northern California town of Paradise, and Mr. McKarley joined the Shriners to further his service to others. Throughout their married life the couple saved and invested in stock and land. They enjoyed both regional and international travel.

Also during retirement, the McKarley’s decided to invest in the future by establishing a Charitable Remainder Trust that provided lifetime income for their daughter and stipulated that remaining funds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

McKarley Donation“Donations support Shriners Hospitals for Children in all the work it does to advance the lives of children with complex medical needs,” says Alan Anderson, Director of Development at the Northern California Shriners Hospital. “We are honored to have the opportunity to celebrate the contributions of an extraordinary couple who made such a positive difference. Their gift and their lives are an inspiration.”

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in medical treatment, teaching and research. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000 or go online to

Media Contact: Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 |

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