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  posted on 3/23/2007 at 04:26 PM
Everybody loves Jell-O - especially Elizabeth McNabb.

The office manager's long quest to find her birth mother led to an unexpected reward: an upstate court just ruled she's entitled to a multimillion-dollar share of the Jell-O fortune.

An heiress was a far cry from the mom McNabb expected to find when she launched her search in 1974, she told the New York Law Journal.

The Washington State mom had imagined poverty forced her own mother to give her up. "When you're adopted, you've got to be ready to meet a bag lady," McNabb told the paper.

It wasn't until 1988 that she finally dug up the woman's name - Barbara Woodward of Rochester, N.Y. - in a vital statistics office in Salem, Ore.

After scouring the Rochester phonebook, she hit upon a cousin, who gave her Woodward's married name - Piel - and phone number, the Law Journal reported.

McNabb, who would not comment to the Daily News, flew across the country to her mother's farm in Abbot, Genessee County. There, over a four-day stay, her mother told her about a well-kept family secret.

Piel had an affair with McNabb's father, who was married to another woman. She gave birth to McNabb and put her up for adoption before marrying another man.

McNabb's great-grandfather, she also learned, was Orator Francis Woodward, a Leroy, N.Y., entrepreneur who purchased a business making flavored gelatin from his neighbor in 1899. Woodward, who paid $450 for the business, later launched the prophetic advertising campaign, "America's most favorite Dessert."

She told the legal newspaper that she developed a "comfortable" relationship with her mother. She even met her two half-sisters, Lila Piel-Ollman and Stobie Piel.

When McNabb's mother died in 2003, she helped to plan and went to the memorial service.

Soon after, McNabb received a call from a banker telling her about two trusts worth about $10million that named her mother's children as beneficiaries.

McNabb sued for her share, but a Monroe County judge ruled in 2005 that she was not a "descendant" of Piel's because she was "adopted-out."

On Friday, the New York Appellate Division, 4th Department, disagreed and said she was owed a slice of the Jello-O fortune that could be worth $3.5 million.

McNabb's lawyer, Paul Boylan, said his client was "pleased" with the court's decision.

Attorney Edward Bloom represented the trustee, Fleet Bank, and refused to comment on the case. "We're considering an appeal of the decision," he said. "That's the only thing I can tell you."


 

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  posted on 3/23/2007 at 04:53 PM
I wish!

As we gear up for "Jello season" that was a nice read.

I hope the lady gets her just desserts

 

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  posted on 3/23/2007 at 05:04 PM
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On Friday, the New York Appellate Division, 4th Department, disagreed and said she was owed a slice of the Jello-O fortune that could be worth $3.5 million.
Mom died???

 

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  posted on 3/23/2007 at 05:10 PM
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I wish!

As we gear up for "Jello season" that was a nice read.

I hope the lady gets her just desserts

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i don't care who you is, that's funny............

 

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  posted on 3/23/2007 at 06:00 PM
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On Friday, the New York Appellate Division, 4th Department, disagreed and said she was owed a slice of the Jello-O fortune that could be worth $3.5 million.
Mom died???


Nice try.

I'm laughing at that one.

 

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