I recently reported on a Surprise Millionaire who super-sized her saving and wealth accumulation leaving it all to Alzheimer’s charities. However, it appears that we have more than one wealth-accumulating superstar in the bunch.
Eugenia “Gene” Dodson was known as a selfless person who lived her life in such a low-key way that no one knew she was worth millions. This one-time beautician put her money saving and investing habits into overdrive with a single purpose in mind; to leave as much money as possible to the twin charities of diabetes and cancer research.
And that is just what she did, to the tune of $35 million!
Gone are the days when $50,000 would be considered a “fortune” and death at 60 would be considered a long life, but the principles of hard work and frugalness never go out of style!
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
(St. Louis, Missouri)
10 Jul 1926, Sat • Main Edition • Page 2
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.
The moral of the story here is to take pride in your work; whatever that work may be and to treat everyone with kindness and respect. A good attitude and hard work is always rewarded!