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Woman leaves $5M to arts, birds

UPI News Service, 12/15/2007 

A woman who lived quietly in Scotland left more than $5 million to charity when she died at age 93.

Marion Wyllie of Glasgow left a fortune of 2.8 million pounds ($5.6 million), The Scotsman reported. She is believed to have inherited money from her father, William Wyllie, a well-known artist, and then to have lived frugally.

At least in her later years, Wyllie -- a writer and painter -- spent most of her time at home, making occasional forays outside for shopping or visits to a local coffee shop. She died in April.

Wyllie left 25 percent of her estate to the Salvation Army, along with the proceeds from the sale of her house, which is valued at $500,000. The money is to be used to assist the elderly in Glasgow.

Another quarter-share is to be split between the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the National Arts Collection Fund, with the money to be spent in Scotland. The remainder is to be divided among the World Wildlife Fund, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

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