Kaaren Parker Gray, a wealthy heiress from New York City, died at the age of 72 from a heart attack in her Upper East Side home. Just weeks before her death, the heiress pinned a 10-page, hand-written will that bestowed over $3 million dollars to family, friends, her hair stylists, housekeeper, doorman and even her nail tech.
The Daily Mail reports that heiress Kaaren Parker Gray, daughter of businessman Jack Parker, who was a a vice president of General Electric and later director of Pan Am and the Smithsonian Institution, wrote a 10-page hand-written will that outlined where nearly $3 million dollars would go following her death. The will included gifts to family, friends, and the people that helped her in day-to-day life such as her nail tech and doorman. However, the heiress created the will without a witness and never had a chance to notarize the document as she passed away unexpectedly from a heart-attack just a few weeks later.
Though Gray never had the letter notarized, she followed up the will with a series of hand-written letters to those that would be receiving money in her will explaining what she bestowed to them. For example, Kaaren’s nail technician, 60-year-old Jenny Kim, who is an immigrant from Korea, says that she received a letter from her client of 15 years outlining that she would receive $50,000 for her “love and devotion.” Kim says that though the will has not been finalized and may be void due to the lack of notarization, she says the money is not what she wanted anyway. She says she is just happy that her client remembered her so fondly.
“I feel good that she remembered me like that – not about the money.”
According to NewsMax, the nail technician wasn’t the only one to receive a surprise inclusion in the will. Gray allegedly also left funds to her “stepchildren, $10,000 to her housekeeper, $50,000 to her stylist Elie Camara from Frederic Fekkai on Fifth Ave., and $50,000 to ‘my favorite coat check woman at Fekkai.'”
The will reportedly contained numerous friends and family members that Kaaren mostly referred to by the first name. Some of the individuals were told specifically what to do with the money, such as a number of couples that were told to use the funds for a “vacation to Scotland.” One man in particular was bestowed Kaaren’s home only “if he wanted it.”
Two museums also made the list. Heard Museum of Arizona and the Metropolitan Museum of Art were included in the will. Sadly for those listed in the will, the hand-written document may not be legal as there were no witnesses or notary on the document. Ultimately those in the will may never see a dime, depending on if other wills exist or if family members object to the set forth distribution of wealth.
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