Charity assures mother that her son's will has not left her homeless
A 91-year-old woman's living situation is up in the air after her son willed their home to a charity after his death. Effie Dugan told KTVI she worries the charity might make her move.
According to Fox 2 Now, "The late Wayne Ray was a lifelong, loyal Mason, a part of the Shriners organization. Ray willed the three bedroom house he owned to a national not for profit: Shriners Hospitals for Children based in Tampa, FL. But his 91-year old mother, Effie Dugan, says he always assured her the Shriners would 'take care of her' and allow her to live in the ranch home as long as she wanted to."
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a nonprofit network of 22 hospitals across North America owned and operated by Shriners International.
KTVI reports Dugan received a letter following her son's death in February saying the hospital network did not want to play long-distance landlord for liability reasons. She feared she would have to say goodbye to her home. "They should have more feeling than that. I know somebody in Shriners has got to have a little pity."
Shriners Hospitals for Children's executive vice president told the station, "I think there is a misunderstanding that we want her off that property ... there are other alternatives which we have discussed with the attorney for the estate."
So far, the two have not come to a decision on whether Dugan will be allowed to stay in the home she and her son shared, but viewers on Facebook are fired up over the issue.
As of now, Dugan's living situation is up to the estate attorney and Shriners Hospitals for Children.