A British transplant to the Isle of Skye leaves a wealth (2 million pounds!) of goodwill to her adopted home. Pauline Pettefar moved to the northern Scottish coastal island of Skye some thirty years ago after a long career as a paralegal in her brother’s law office back in England. It appears the enterprising Miss Pettefar was able to accumulate quite a bit of wealth throughout her lifetime in which to bless the good people of Skye. Organizations as diverse as the Crossroads Care Charity Shop to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will benefit from Miss Pettefar’s estate. It is heartwarming to know that this very private, but very generous lady thought so much of the community that welcomed her so many years ago.
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!
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It is interesting to note that long before there were company-sponsored 401k plans when most retirees relied upon social security and hopefully a company pension during their later years, our Surprise Millionaires were bucking the system taking it upon themselves to save and invest for retirement. Today’s Surprise Millionaire is an excellent example of this truth. Read about Orville Rogers who is enjoying his fourth decade of a comfortable retirement due to his early and consistent saving and investing.
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.