The “Do It Yourself” Surprise Millionaire

It appears a Wyoming man made his own will in order to leave nothing to Tom Woodyard (2)chance.  Tom Woodyard of Riverton Wyoming knew that he was getting older and wanted to make sure that his wishes were known and carried out when his time came.  So, did Mr. Woodyard hire an attorney to hammer out the details?  Nope. This retired educator did it all himself!  He drafted a very detailed will in which he left his secret fortune to more charities than could be cataloged in a short blog post! Everyone from the Boy Scouts to hospices, fishing organizations to churches, can thank Tom Woodyard for his generous gifts. And thankfully, the courts determined this gentleman’s do it yourself will 100% legal and binding.  While I admire Mr. Woodyard’s do it yourself attitude, when we are dealing with such a large estate, it might be a good idea to get a little legal advice along the way.  Regardless, it looks like we have another inspiring Surprise Millionaire to add to our list!

A Surprise Donation To Help Our Four-Legged Friends

Retired art teacher and animal lover David Robert Wetzell left a surprise fortune to benefit the homeless animals of Champaign County Illinois.  Always an animal lover, Mr. Wetzell told a few trusted confidants of his plan to fund a no-kill shelter in his community.  I’m not certain, but I believe his friends and loved ones were probably shocked to learn of the wealth he had accumulated to accomplish the task!

Hard Work, Thriftiness And Smart Investing

“Where did the wealth come from? Hard work, thriftiness and smart investing throughout her life …”

Seventeen Washington State community colleges will share in the $10 million estate amassed by Surprise Millionaire, Eva Gordon.  Raised on an apple orchard in EuEva Gordon (2)gene Oregon during the Great Depression, Mrs. Gordon knew what it was like to do without.  That’s why, when she later got a job as a trading assistant at an investment firm in Seattle, she learned all she could about investing and wealth accumulation.  

She squirreled away every extra dollar she could to invest in blue-chip stocks that would pay her handsome dividends in the years to come. And pay off they did.  Thanks to her early hard work, thriftiness and smart investing Mrs. Gordon was able to live her later years in comfort and leave quite a bit for some deserving institutions as well.