Marian Ransom, Humble School Teacher:
Sympathy Card Inspires Woman to Donate $1.2 Million Estate to UMMC
|Registered Nurse Cherie Cousins, left, and President Dan Ireland of United Memorial Medical Center, right, show the newly named Marian Ransom Medical Unit at United Memorial Medical Center. Ransom donated her entire estate to the facility.|
BATAVIA — When Marian Ransom received a sympathy card from United Memorial Medical Center after the death of her brother, she decided to present a gesture of her gratitude. And it was generous, to put it mildly. Ransom, who lived in Le Roy and died last year, donated her entire estate valued at more than $1.2 million. It’s t he biggest donation in the UMMC’s history, which stretches back more than 100 years. That’s why officials gathered Monday for a special ceremony in her honor.
So what started as a simple gesture of kindness has grown to help the entire community. Michael Welsh, Ransom’s attorney, said Ransom was a private and humble person. She was a school teacher for 35 years teaching 4th graders at Dansville.
“When I was talking to her at (Le Roy) Greens at the end of her life, I asked to do her obituary,” he said. “Essentially she said nobody would remember (her), she’s outlived everybody. What’s ironic is now so many people are going to remember this woman for the good she has done. Her name is going to be well spoken of.”