BETHALTO, IL (KPLR) – A Bethalto senior citizen faces an uncertain time after her son died and left the home they shared to a charity.
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.
Ray died unexpectedly at age 71 in February. As Dugan was recovering from major surgery this spring, she received a letter indicating the Shriners Hospitals group did not want to be a landlord. She says she became anxious over the future and how she could manage to move.
FOX2 contacted the charity’s executive vice president John McCabe Wednesday. He said “I think there is a misunderstanding that we want her off that property.”
The not-for-profit does not want to be an absentee landlord primarily for liability reasons, but McCabe said “there are other alternatives which we have discussed with the attorney for the estate.”
The estate’s attorney Kenneth Balsters of Bethalto did not return a call from from FOX2 Wednesday.