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Mayor David Condon inherited $1 million from Spokane philanthropist Myrtle Woldson, who died in April Mayor David Condon inherited $1 million from Spokane philanthropist Myrtle Woldson, who died in April
SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane philanthropist Myrtle Woldson died at the age of 104 back in April, but before she passed, she made sure to take care of those who mattered most to her. Among those included in her will? Spokane Mayor David Condon, who was listed as a "personal friend" in Woldson's, inherited $1 million from Woldson in her will. 

Condon lives on the same street where he grew up, which happens to also be just down the street from where Woldson lived. 

Condon told The Spokesman Review that Myrtle Woldson was some he knew since he was a baby and "was like a grandmother" to him. 

"I was with her the night she died. I was holding her hand as she took her last breath," Condon told Spokesman Review reporter Nicholas Deshais. "She was very generous to Spokane throughout the years," Condon said.

But Condon wasn't the only one inheriting money from Woldson. A Hayden man described as a "dear friend" of Woldson received $4 million. Woldson also left $1 million to Catholic Charities that can only be used "exclusively for capital improvements and replacements at the House of Charity." An undisclosed amount of money was also left to her gardeners, two of her cousins and her goddaughter.

But giving was nothing new to Woldson. The Fox Theater in downtown Spokane is named after her father, Martin Woldson. And rightly so. Myrtle donated $3 million to help restore the theater. Pioneer Park was renamed in 2010 after Myrtle's mother, Edwidge Woldson. 

Myrtle donated the rest of her money to Gonzaga University to build a new performing arts center, which will be named after her. 

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