A 76-year-old woman, who has been living at a senior assisted center for the last 4 years, recently happened upon amazing good fortune and is suddenly receiving love from all of her children 

When Debbie Lewis tragically lost her husband 4 years ago, none of her 14 children jumped at the opportunity to take her in during her final years. They collectively thought it would be a better idea to put their mother in a retirement home rather than dealing with the effort of caring for Debbie themselves.

In 2013 Debbie began to struggle with her body’s inability to do normal daily activities and errands. Being recently windowed she was now dealing with the added stress of doing everything all alone.

Debbie was in need of help from her family, to think that loving old lady took very good care of 14 kids and got no help in return is saddening, “Marie Levy, Debbie’s neighbor at the time, told CBCNews.

Debbie’s children see things in a very different light, saying “she was losing her mind” and “needed professional help.” Debbie’s youngest son was the only one to visit her during her 4 years at the senior assisted center.

But that has all changed now…

For better or worse, that all changed on fateful evening at her home. While making order in her attic, Debbie stumbled upon a hidden locked chest.

She took her time to find the keys of the locker, after testing many pairs. Finally she found the right pair that opened the chest. Suddenly she found few little portraits.

“At first I thought it was some flash of artist of my dear husband, but I had the feeling of having already seen that particular kind of painting”.

Suddenly she saw the signature on the right corner at the bottom of the portraits.

“Picasso”. Those paintings were few of the lost unknown Picasso’s portraits.

Suddenly I remembered my missed husband told me ones about a purchase he did long time ago once he went on a trip in Spain. At that time Picasso wasn’t already the famous artist he is or was in his last days. My husband bought it from who knows where and hidden it in this forgotten chest.


Image: Debbie’s portraits sold to Sotheby’s.

After making sure those were really Picasso made by the best experts in the field, Debbie contacted the closed Sotheby’s office and started negotiating the price.


The famous office bought at the end the 7 portraits at £1,758,794.00.

In her 76 years on this earth, Debbie has never had as much financial freedom as she does now, and her children are quickly latching their hooks onto her wagon. All 14 of Debbie’s children have visited her in the last week, which seems quite curious to say the least, considering their mother now has over £1,700,000.00 in the bank.

Debbie no longer wants to be a part of her children’s lives and vows to donate the money to a cause for the elderly when she passes. She doesn’t think her 14 children deserve it, and she’s felt that way for a long time.

“Many of us old folks are often neglected by our families and forgotten by society. When I leave this world I hope my donations can help bring some joy to other elderly people in situations similar to mine. An old biddy like me doesn’t need all this money and I sure can’t take it with me!”


Debbie’s children were unavailable for comment but we can only assume that they are quite regretful on their past neglect of their mother. Let this be a cautionary tale for those who all too easily forget about the mother who raised them. We can only hope that after reading this article you give your Mother a call and let her know how much you appreciate her!

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