A Retired Nurse and a Work of Heart

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This retired nurse with a big heart wowed her central Iowa community with very generous gifts disbursed to many area organizations. She left a gift of $130,165 to a local school district which was only a small portion of her wealth.  She additionally, left substantial funds to a local Fire Department, a Senior Citizen Center and a local college .  Her gifts were a true work of “heart” for her community.

A Surprise Millionaire In Her Own Words

I have had the pleasure of following Dave Ramsey and his organization for quite some time. Dave is well known for helping people get out of debt and also helping them to accumulate some wealth along the way.  He uses financial concepts found in biblical scripture as well as plain common sense to help people reach their financial goals.

One of Dave’s most popular segments from his podcast/radio show is the “Millionaire Theme Hour” in which regular folks who are currently millionaires call in and explain how they reached this milestone. During one of these segments I was happy to hear from a lady who we would describe as a Surprise Millionaire.  This particular lady related how she accumulated her wealth by living below her means and investing wisely.  It is a rare chance to hear a Surprise Millionaire in their own words so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to introduce “Terry from Denver” to my readers.  Enjoy!  

 

Anyone Can Accumulate Wealth!

“He became a supporter and advocate for the children he served..”

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We are often fond of saying here at The Surprise Millionaires that, “anyone can accumulate wealth”.  I have observed this to be true time and time again even for people who live in the most humble of circumstances.  That is why this gentleman and his story really touched me. The very fact that he was able to accumulate so much based on his meager income is completely amazing. However, it is nothing compared to the amazingness of his giving heart. This just goes to show that if you have a goal worth pursuing and the frugalness to live well below your means that anyone can truly accumulate wealth!

It’s A British Invasion!

“He never gave any indication of being wealthy. In fact, you would say he lived quite frugally.”

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That’s right, it’s ANOTHER Surprise Millionaire from the United Kingdom.  That’s three recently if you are keeping count.  This gentleman was a retired railway worker who saved his wages and pension in order to leave a legacy to his local medical community.

I don’t know for sure but we might have another British Invasion on our hands.  But we should welcome this one since the Surprise Millionaire mantra of living frugally, saving and investing wisely is great for everyone on both sides of the pond!

 

Scottish Gold

“Jane was never one for being front and centre and she was very frugal with her money and nobody could have guessed she was worth so much.”

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ThistleMrs. Jane Hutton from Aberdeen Scotland was known as a very frugal sort.  This animal lover and one-time secretary was never showy or sought to be in the spotlight.  In fact, she always took the background parts in the theatre group she belonged to.  No, Jane was content to spend her time with friends and enjoying low-cost and fun activities in her Northen Scottish city.  Thus she had all of the makings of a Surprise Millionaire!