But Fred died recently. His will provided $30,000 for an elaborate funeral.
As the last guests departed the affair, his wife, Helen, turned to her oldest friend, Jody, and says, “Well, I’m sure Fred would be pleased.”
“I’m sure you’re right,” replied Jody, who lowered her voice and leaned in close.
“How much did this really cost?”
“All of it?” said Helen. “Thirty thousand.”
“Really?” Jody exclaimed.
“I mean, it was very nice, but $30,000?”
Helen answered, “The funeral was $6,500. I donated $500 to the church.
The wake, food and drinks were another $500.
The rest went for the memorial stone.”
Jody says, “$22,500 for a memorial stone? My goodness, how big is it ?!”
“Two and a half carats.”