Woman Writes Unusual Last Will

Oct 7, 2010 - LegalZoom News Sources
Woman Writes Unusual Last Will

A Johnstown, Ohio, woman recently had her last will submitted to the Licking County Probate Court, but it was the manner in which the will was written that will most likely be remembered, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Marilyn S. Rhodeback wrote the last will in her own hand on a piece of 12-by-12 inch scrap wood, before she died in April at the age of 73.

In his 34 years as Licking County chief deputy clerk, Bill Fisher said he has never seen anything like Rhodeback's last will.

"We've seen people who have just grabbed a piece of paper and wrote their will on a tablet or something and had it witnessed," Fisher told the news source. "But I've never seen anything come to the court not on paper."

Prior to Rhodeback's death, she requested that her daughter search for a "board" that had the will written on it. Expecting to find the will written on a dry erase board, the daughter found the piece of wood, which had been signed by Rhodeback's two sisters as witnesses, according to the news provider.

Despite the unusual nature of the will, its authenticity was verified.

"Everybody was on board," Fisher told the news source. "Everybody was in support of getting the will admitted."