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The Sunshine Lady

If you have lived in Fredericksburg for any length of time you probably recognize the name, “The Sunshine Lady.” This was the nickname for Doris Buffett. If you have lived in America and not sequestered under a rock you recognize the name “Buffett.” Doris was the sister of one of the wealthiest men in the world, Warren Buffett. He shared his investment secrets with Doris and thus she became one of the wealthiest women in the world. Doris Buffett passed away on August 4 after 92 years of generous living. She used her wealth to help those in greatest need. Things as simple as providing pool passes for underprivileged children to sponsoring education classes in prisons around the world.


Doris wasn’t always wealthy. She was a child of the Depression, which had a great impact on her life. It taught her many things the least of which was not the value of a dollar. A close friend had this to say about Doris, “She was a hoot. When we went shopping, she would always have coupons and would be looking for discounts.” She never bought expensive cars and rarely spent money on anything considered an extravagant.


I did not personally know this lady, and my knowledge about her is the result of things I have read over the years. This is sure, her deeds speak volumes about her values. We may never approach the level of income as Doris Buffett, but regardless of where we are on the financial ladder, we are merely stewards. Let us all use the money that God entrust to our care wisely. Who knows, maybe he will entrust you with more.

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