Elderly heiress leaves a fortune for village children

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CHILDREN in Valverde de Juzcar in Cuenca will be able to study thanks to the last member of a family of flour merchants.

Virginia Perez Buendia was born in Valverde and inherited property and land there.

With no descendants, she wrote her will in 1983 requesting a foundation be created in her name to use her €10 million fortune to make sure no child from the village was unable to afford to study.

People from the village, with just 1,200 inhabitants, explained that she was a very quiet lady, who didn’t tend to chat, got up early and loved looking after her animals and land.

The 86-year-old lady died alone in her flat in Madrid and was not found for a month, when a judge authorised entry to the flat and her body was discovered.

The foundation will be created in accordance with Perez’s requests and managed by the village mayor, a judge, the local parish priest and a teacher, among others.

Valverde mayor, Pedro Esteso, said that although she was quiet and lived a lonely last few years, the contents of the will proved the elderly lady had a heart of gold.

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