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Poor Nurse Takes Care of 4 Elderly Sisters, Learns Their Will after They All Die – Story of the Day

Monica Otayza
Aug 08, 2022
01:40 P.M.
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A poor nurse decided to care for her four elderly neighbors after realizing they only had one another to rely on for household chores. After the last neighbor's death, the nurse discovers the will they left behind.

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Cassandra Myers was a poor nurse who worked at a local hospital. Although nurses are generally paid well in America, most of Cassandra's salary went to paying off the loans of her late parents, leaving her with just enough to get by.

Cassandra lived in her ancestral home, which was situated in a quiet neighborhood. Her next-door neighbors were four elderly siblings who were in their 80s.

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Time after time, Cassandra would see the siblings struggle with their everyday chores. In their old age, they had to carry their groceries, clean their house and yard, take out the trash, and cook for themselves every day.

Realizing they needed help, Cassandra offered to help them every time she got home from her hospital shifts. The four sisters appreciated this and genuinely enjoyed Cassandra's company.

"You are heaven sent, Cassandra," Marie, the eldest of the sisters, once told her. "Will you at least allow us to pay you for your help?" she asked.

Cassandra shook her head. "Oh, no, Marie. I will not allow you to pay me! I do this because I care for you, not because I want any money in return. Really, don't worry about it," she replied.

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Every day, Cassandra helped them by cooking their meals and washing the dishes after they ate. She also helped them individually, arranging their maintenance medicines and helping them dress up.

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One day, while they were having dinner together, Cassandra asked them, "Why didn't you ever go to a nursing home? Surely, they can take better care of you compared to me."

Clara, another sister said they did not trust nursing homes. "We wanted to spend the remainder of our lives together. If we were put in a nursing home, we wouldn't be able to sleep in the same room, and we'll have to deal with so many other people," she explained.

"We would rather spend the rest of our days surrounded by genuine love and care. We never know what other people's intentions are," Mindy, the youngest of the sisters, added.

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Cassandra nodded, understanding where the sisters were coming from. "Well," she told them. "You don't have to worry. As long as I am able, you can count on me for help," she smiled. "That's what neighbors are for!"

"You are the best neighbor anyone could ask for," Lisa, the second-eldest sibling, told her, reaching out to touch her hand.

No matter how tired Cassandra was every time she got home from the hospital, she made sure to visit the siblings. They ate a meal together, and she would take care of everything they needed before returning home to sleep.

Unfortunately, as time passed, the inevitable began to happen. One by one, the siblings passed away, leaving Cassandra to organize their funerals and mourning their loss.

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When the last of the sisters died, she cleaned their home and attended the final funeral, where there were no visitors aside from a lawyer who introduced herself as Attorney Abigail Smith.

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"You must be Cassandra," Abigail told her. "Thank you for taking care of the sisters all these years. I've heard so much about you."

Cassandra gave her a tearful smile. "They were a delight to be with. I will miss all of them dearly."

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The lawyer revealed that Cassandra needed to visit her office that same week because there was something she had to discuss with her. Although Cassandra was confused, she promised to visit the lawyer's office the following day.

When she got there, the lawyer handed her a document. "Lisa, Clara, Mindy, and Marie each had children. I know you've never met them because they didn't bother attending any of the funerals, but they live in nearby states. When the sisters realized their kids didn't care much about them, they decided to change their will," she explained.

"They left everything to you," Attorney Abigail revealed. "In the document, you will see everything you will inherit from them, including money, jewelry, and the house they lived in."

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Cassandra's jaw dropped. She couldn't believe that her neighbors had left their entire estate with her despite having children. "It can't be! I don't deserve all of these," she said, shocked.

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Attorney Abigail shrugged. "You do, Cassandra. You were a daughter to them more than their own children. They saw you as the rightful heir to their fortune," she assured her.

Cassandra didn't know what to think. She was shaking when she saw the document that clearly stated she was to receive the fortune the four sisters left behind. She didn't know what to do with the money but immediately realized that it was more than enough to pay off the remaining debts of her late parents.

A couple of days after the meeting, the four sisters' children started calling Attorney Abigail for the will reading. When she revealed that the will did not involve them, they all wanted to contest the will in court.

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However, before they could do that, Attorney Abigail said that each child would receive a letter in the mail from their mothers. Each letter contained the same message:

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"My dear child,

You might be wondering why I left you with nothing. You know that I love you dearly and that I am happy that you were able to start a new life without me in a different state. I am proud of all your success, but I always wished you would take time off your busy schedule to visit me and spend the last of my days with me.

I was deeply hurt and offended by the fact that you never paid attention to me after you moved. I had wished you'd come each holiday, but you never did. So I decided to leave my fortune to someone who was there for me all the years you weren't.

I hope you accept and understand this decision. I know you are capable of living life without my estate, the same way you have been living without me all these years. Love, mom."

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The children received the letters on the same day. They messaged one another through a group chat and decided to withdraw the lawsuit. They realized how terrible they had been to their moms and how they did not deserve to receive anything from them.

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Cassandra never met any of the sisters' children, but on each of the women's death anniversaries, she'd see beautiful fresh flowers on their graves. This made Cassandra smile, knowing that the sisters' children finally decided to pay attention to their mothers in the only way they could.

What can we learn from this story?

  • When you're in the position to help someone, do it. Cassandra helped her elderly neighbors without expecting anything in return. In the end, her neighbors believed she was the rightful heir of their estate after realizing she cared for them more than their own children did.
  • Spend time with your loved ones before it's too late. When the sisters died, their children realized how much time they wasted neglecting their mothers. They regretted not spending time with them when they were alive and were left leaving bouquets on their graves every year because it was too late to rewrite the past.
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If you enjoyed this story, you might like this one about a man who nursed his beloved grandmother while she was ill, only to inherit an old armchair after she died.

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