A True Lady and Surprise Millionaire

Helen Banas lived a quiet life during her retirement years in Laguna Woods California. Ahelen-banas widow for more than 50 years, Helen was fond of the simple things in life such as eating bonbons and enjoying the beautiful Southern California weather from the balcony of her modest townhome.

Known as a frugal sort, Helen did not spend money on things she did not need but rather chose to invest her income and watch it grow.  And grow it did!

Upon her death in 2012 Helen left a whopping $27 million to both local and national Alzheimers charities.   It turns out that Helen’s mother had suffered from the disease years earlier and she wanted to provide funds for research and the care of those affected. This multi-million dollar Surprise Millionaire is a great example of what can happen when you invest wisely over an extended period of time.  The results can be astounding!

3 thoughts on “A True Lady and Surprise Millionaire

  1. dkmathstats September 18, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    The part which says “Helen did not spend money on things she did not need” is the most important factor (in my opinion) which contributed to her growing income.

    A good story with good lessons and nice outcomes.

  2. justmakingcentscom September 28, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    You write so many inspiring stories about others but I would love to read about you, so I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger award and would love to hear your answers!


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