Social columnist leaves $6 million to charity.

When Grace Van Ness Hamrick died three years ago, she left $6 million to charities in her hometown of Charlotte.

Hamrick, a social columnist for The Charlotte Observer for almost three decades and the daughter of a jewelry-store owner, left the money to the Humane Society of Charlotte, Queens University of Charlotte and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

The Humane Society will use the funds to expand its intake, adoption, education and spay and neuter services, says Katie Tyler, chair of the group’s board.

Queens University plans to establish a scholarship endowment in honor of Hamrick, who worked at the school early in her career, and her mother, who graduated from the school in 1923.

The gift to St. Peter’s, where Hamrick was a member, will go into the church’s endowment fund.

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