Heiress leaves $50,000 to woman who did her nails

New York salon technician receives shock handwritten letter

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Heiress Leaves $50K to Woman Who Did Her Nails


A nail technician received probably the biggest tip of her life when she inherited $50,000 (£30,000) from a rich client.

The wealthy Upper East Side heiress bequeathed hefty sums to the important people in her life: hairdressers, a housekeeper, her doorman - and even her nail technician.

Jenny Kim, 60, was sad to learn that her client of 12 years, Kaaren Parker Gray, 72, died of a heart attack on August 24 in her palatial home on East 57th St.

But sadness turned to shock a week later when a handwritten letter arrived at Echo Spa and Nail, the shop where Kim works, reports the New York Daily News.

Because of her "love and devotion," Gray had left the married Korean immigrant $50,000, the letter said.

"I feel good that she remembered me like that - not about the money," Kim said through a Korean translator.

She said Gray visited her twice a week: "She enjoyed having a massage on her hands and legs. She liked it nice and quiet so she could relax. She was a nice lady, very kind."

Handwritten will

Gray's last visit was August 7 - coincidentally, the date she wrote out by hand what would be her final will and testament

The 10-page document, which was unwitnessed and handwritten in a loopy scrawl, grants amounts of $200,000 to $300,000 to various family members and close friends, including one who inherited her house, "if he wants it."

The daughter of businessman Jack Parker, a vice president of General Electric and later director of Pan Am and the Smithsonian Institution, Gray had three stepchildren who she remembered in her will.


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