Ninety-eight-year-old Findlay Ohio resident, Margaret Elizabeth Taylor, wanted to do something worthwhile with the $1.1 million estate she had accumulated as the proverbial Surprise Millionaire. But what she decided to do with the money was well, a little different.
She told her family that they would not receive any money from her estate because what she would do with the funds would benefit a whole lot of people. No, she didn’t leave the money to any charity that you would be familiar with. What she DID do with the money is rather shocking…
Just when I thought I had read the most inspiring story ever (last post), I came across the story of Anna Kurzweil of Kansas City. A lifelong teacher and student of learning who put faith and others first in her life.
A world traveler (working in a leper colony!) gifted educator, writer, and poet, she counted her wealth in the friends she made, the family she loved and the faith she treasured, not in her bank book. But oh how her bank book told its own story!
Upon her death, the faith-based charities she honored were stunned to learn they would be the recipients of Anna’s $2 million estate!
Another amazing life well-lived and a benefit to mankind in general and their local community.
Those of you who have been following the Surprise Millionaires for a while know that I have posted and reported on many inspiring and wonderful people. But I have never been as moved as I was reading this man’s story. A humble and consummate gentleman who lived his life quietly while serving and giving back to his community. You can’t read this man’s story and not be inspired.
A small town Massachusetts Barber left quite a gift to the local library in honor of his late wife. Anthony J. Ralys and his barber shop were a fixture in Athol Massachusetts for over 38 years. Mr. and Mrs. Ralys lived in an unassuming little house on Warwick Avenue for most of their married life and were typical of the hard-working people of central Massachusetts. What wasn’t typical about this couple was their propensity to accumulate wealth. The Athol public library was shocked to learn that they would be receiving the bulk of the Ralys’ $1.6 million estate. I’m sure the shock was enough to make their hair stand on end!
A quiet man in Chicago whose death didn’t really make the news certainly made the news recently. James A. Flavin, a man who wore old clothes, drove a beat-up car and lived in a small home in a poor neighborhood was thought to have an estate worth about $53,000. But then they opened that safe deposit box…