Woman Leaves Her $1.2 Million Estate to Local Animal Shelter

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Glenda Taylor DeLawder passed away in November of 2015. Her obituary said she was “an avid animal lover,” the Johnson City Press writes. But she did more than leaving behind her appreciation for furry friends; she left the gift of her $1.2 million estate to a local animal shelter.

Last month, it was announced that administrators of DeLawder’s fortune had donated $540,000 to the Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter. ABC 13 says they will use the money to “expand the dog and cat holding areas. It also pays for a new van that can be converted to transport dogs and cats to be spayed and neutered.” The construction will begin next week, and the big useful van will pull in March 1st. The shelter says they feel “truly blessed and honored to be given such a tremendous gift.”

DeLawder’s obituary shows that she had a grin that spread from ear-to-ear and a giving heart. With the news of her generosity spreading, new people have commented on her obituary on the Tetrick Funeral Home website to leave their thanks. “I don’t know you. What you did with deciding to donate your money to the animal shelter is beyond words. It had my eyes watering up…” Jeremy wrote.