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!

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.

 

A Surprise For The Magnolia State

A quiet Mississippian who lived an ordinary life has left a wonderful gift to a struggling school district. His family states that he was just a simple man who wanted to help kids. I believe he was an extraordinary individual with a vision!

Meet Mr. Darrell Saucier:

Another Nurse With a Prescription For Success!

Deloris Kenner (2)The schools in Perham Minnesota are currently sharing in a $1 million bequest left to them by a retired nurse with only vague ties to the community.  Deloris “Dee” Barnack Kenner, a retired nurse who passed away in 2015 lived and worked in many places.  However, Perham Minnesota was not one of them. Other than records indicating that Barnack Kenner’s parents were buried in the area, the local schools are at a loss as to why they are the beneficiaries of such a wonderful gift.  That is not to say, however, that they are not thrilled! Ms. Barnack Kenner’s legacy will be put to good use assisting with the education of students in that community.  At present though, she remains a bit of a mystery.  I believe that is the way most of our Surprise Millionaires like it!

Ms. Barnack Kenner is not the first nurse we have profiled with a big heart and the ability to accumulate and maintain wealth, and she most probably won’t be the last!

A Better Life In The Ozarks

I found this awesome video of a man who worked for 40 years at a Sears Department Store in the Missouri Ozarks.  By living a frugal lifestyle and investing wisely, he was able to leave a $1 million gift to benefit the surrounding communities.