September 5th, 2004



This lady is admirable in that she left alot of her money to various social causes after being frugal throughout the years... shopping at Goodwill etc. Not many people would do that then leave money to try to make the world a better place:

Humble life ended with noble bequest

By Eloise Aguiar

In the 40 years she lived in Hawai'i, Rose Perenin always walked or took the bus to work and to outings from her studio apartment on the slopes of Punchbowl.

She shopped at Goodwill for clothing and rarely spent money except to further the education of the adults she taught to read and write as a volunteer with Hawaii Literacy.

"She was raised to be terribly thrifty," said friend Marcia Wood.

So when Perenin died last year at age 95, many people were shocked to learn that she had created and endowed a foundation that is worth $6.2 million.

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