Marie Hulbert, a lifelong educator, will continue to influence education even after her death.
Miss Hulbert, who died in October, left $1 million to Augusta State University in her will, calling the school a "real life-saver," said Iva Williamson, the executor of her will.
Although not a graduate of ASU, she turned to the school as a rest from caring for her aging parents, Ms. Williamson said.
"During that time she would go to classes at what was, I guess was Augusta College at that point, and enjoyed those tremendously and said it was kind of like a real life-saver for her and a real outlet," she said.
The money has no restriction, Ms. Williamson said. University officials are still deciding how they will spend one of the largest donations from an individual in the school's history.
"We are deeply grateful for this gift and for the trust (Miss) Hulbert placed in this university," Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations Helen Hendee said in a news release. "We will see that the gift is used where the needs are the greatest."
The $1 million gift is only one example of her giving.
As Miss Hulbert grew older and her living quarters grew smaller, she had to give away some of her possessions, such as her artwork, which she donated to Morris Museum of Art and Augusta Museum of History.
"She said it's good for educational purposes that other people would see them and would remember," Ms. Williamson said.
She couldn't put a dollar figure on the donations, but said they were "substantial."
"It's amazing when you think that she was a schoolteacher and that she had saved this money all her life," Ms. Williamson said.
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MARIE J. HULBERT
EDUCATION: University of Georgia graduate, master's degree from Duke University
MILITARY: Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Thirty-five years, which included teaching at Tubman High School and Academy of Richmond County