Ruth Greiner was a hard working Virginia court stenographer who spent a lifetime working in and around the legal system. Though she was the widow and also the daughter of local attorneys, Ruth was no lady of leisure. In fact, she was so hard working and frugal that she didn’t even own an electric clothes dryer! Surely, someone who did without many of the basic necessities of life would not have the financial backing to make a difference in others lives … or could she?
Flora Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins lived a quiet life. The widow of a local doctor, Mrs. Wilkins was known around the Fayetteville North Carolina area as a former school teacher and church-going lady who loved her community. It was noted that “She lived quietly and frugally, enjoying her church, family and old friends.”
By all accounts, Mrs. Wilkins was no society matron or jet-setting physician’s wife but rather the spouse of an old-fashioned small town doctor from days gone by. A time when doctors made house calls and would work with patients who didn’t always have the means to pay. There weren’t many jet-setting vacations for these types of physicians.
This is why many charities and institutions in the area were stunned to learn that they were the recipients of Mrs. Wilkins’ $2.7 million estate! What a wonderful gift from a wonderful lady.
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 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…
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