A Surprise Millionaire leaves a lifeline to a local institution that functioned as a lifeline to her over the years. Flemington New Jersey resident, Jane Kitchin, loved her local library. As the elderly lady’s health declined during her final years, it was the local library staff who brought and retrieved books from Kitchen’s home. Thus keeping her mind and spirit engaged with the world around her through the wonder of books. That’s why it was very special that Jane remembered the library with a portion of her multi-million dollar estate. Yes, this frugal lady left a legacy to an institution that meant so much to her and the community.
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Phyllis Hanse was a fixture in her small town of Webster South Dakota. An unassuming woman, Phyllis had taught piano to thousands of children over several decades beginning in the 1950s. Even though she had no children of her own, she was a fixture at local school activities over the years. Maybe that’s why she left the $4.2 million surprise for the local school and community.
North Dakota farmer Darrel Hendrickson made his living from the rich farmland of the aptly named Richland County. Even though he lived outside its city limits, Mr. Hendrickson loved the town of Colfax and wanted to remember the Richland County community in his will. And remember them he did! Local schools and churches will share in the more than $4.5 million estate Mr. Hendrickson accumulated throughout his life tilling and cultiviating the land. These gifts have obviously left the local community speechless. As a local school official stated, “I’m just marveling at this”. I must say that I am too!
Have you ever thought about what people might say about you after you are gone? Probably not. It’s not a topic that most of us would like to dwell on. But if I ever were to dwell on it, I would like for it to be something like the beautiful tribute the sister of Surprise Millionaire Evelyn Haley made to her. Evelyn appears to have been a very interesting lady who lived a full life. As you might have guessed, she was quite thrifty too. I guess that would explain the $3 million estate she left to benefit her community!