Marilyn S. Rhodeback, who passed away last April, had a unique will, not because of what was specified in it, but because of what it was written on. The 14″x14″ block of wooden will was a first for the attorneys and court officials who handled the case.
Rhodeback, who was 73 at the time of her passing, wrote the will after her husband died without having a will. Her daughter said that her mother knew she needed a will, and the closest thing available to write on was a block of wood that was left over from a shelving project in her home. She kept the will and revised it on the block of wood for 14 years. Her sisters signed the will before she died.
The will was written in her own handwriting and was signed by her sisters. The court is accepting is as a legal document, although they cannot store it because it doesn’t fit in the normal file drawers. They had to take a copy of the will for the records.
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