Travelling the world through books
In late 2019, the St Vincent de Paul Society received an astonishingly generous bequest from Marietta, known as Marie, who had been a regular donor during her life, but had never made an inquiry about how to leave a gift in her Will.
Her executor and friend of 60 years, Kerrie, kindly provided some information on Marie, who donated the money, she says, because Marie “believed in the St Vincent de Paul Society and shared the charity’s values”.
What were the values important to Marie that she saw reflected in the St Vincent de Paul Society?
Kerrie says Marie believed that having a good education was the most important thing in life – she felt blessed to have had a full education and that you “can travel the world through books”. Marie supported St Mary’s Primary School in Hampton and donated money to build schools in developing countries.
Marie was generous, compassionate and “had an interest in people and, in fact, every sentient being,” Kerrie says. She adds: “When we went out, she knew all the traders – she knew about their children, spouses and workers. If we all had a bit of Marie in us, what a wonderful world it would be.”
After all her siblings passed away, Marie inherited the house in Hampton, but went into care at age 99. Marie was full of life until contracting shingles and passed away in 2018 at 103 years old.
While it is impossible to measure belief, least of all in monetary terms, Marie was clearly a woman alert to the world’s shortcomings who put a great deal of stock in the St Vincent de Paul Society’s good works and the power of education to overcome them.