Womans 1 million gift honors late husband

first_imgApril Silvery remembers crying on the ride home because it appeared she wouldn’t get the car.Back then, Silvery was a single mother of two kids who was borrowing her parent’s car. Her grandfather, Jim Casper, had promised that he’d buy her a car if she reached age 25 without a traffic ticket.When she did, April and Jim traveled into Portland to acquire an Acura MDX. But Casper started haggling with the dealer, and then decided to drive back to Clark County, since the dealer wasn’t acquiescing. Silvery started crying on the ride back home in disappointment.But this was all part of Casper’s master plan. He told Silvery: “They will call us before we get across this bridge, I promise.”And sure enough, the dealership did call back, and Silvery, who’s now 39, ended up getting her Acura.That’s a favorite story Silvery has of her grandfather, who died at 81 of lung cancer this January.Jim Casper was “larger than life,” Silvery said, and he drove a hard bargain, but was also generous to his family and others. The Caspers’ generosity was on display when Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland announced this month that Jim’s wife of 62 years, Donna, 81, had donated $1 million to the hospital.“It made me feel absolutely wonderful” to give the donation, said Donna Casper, who worked with her husband in property development. “It’s probably the best thing I’ve done in my lifetime. To think that the two of us worked so hard for every penny we had, and to think that we were able to save and save, and be able to do that was outstanding.”last_img