A Beautiful Tribute To A Life Well Lived

Have you ever thought about what people might say about you after you are gone?Evelyn Haley (3) 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!

Let’s Hear It From The Professionals

I just stumbled across a video concerning one of the original Surprise Millionaire’s I profiled in my book, Mr. Ronald Read. It appears some financial professionals were discussing just how Mr. Read, a one-time janitor, amassed his multi-million dollar portfolio.  If you would like to verify that the Surprise Millionaire lifestyle of living below your means and investing wisely is the key to success, just listen to what these experts are saying:

A Surprise Donation to the Arts

Recently, I learned of Dorothy K. Merrill  who left quite the surprise for the folks in her St. Paul Minnesota community of Woodbury.  Not known to be particulary interested in the arts, Dorothy surprisingly became a significant donor  (to the tune of $2 million ) toward the building of a community arts center in Woodbury.  Dorothy, who passed away in 2009, was reported to be both frugal and a savy investor. These twin attributes set her apart from her peers.

Dorothy who was known to be a master seamstress, accomplished baker and skilled card player in her lifetime can now have  philanthropist added to that list of accomplishments.  And we have the privilege of adding another well-rounded, interesting and giving person to our Surprise Millionaire family.

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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.

The Value of Education

‘She felt that if you were well-educated, you could do anything’

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A little technical college in Milwaukee received a surprising gift a few years ago thatMarian Drake Breskar (2) has been assisting students with the cost of schooling ever since. And to think, all of this from a little old lady who took some sewing and painting classes at the college after her retirement.  Another Surprise Millionaire has left their legacy and made their mark on the local community!