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Wilhoite v. Beck
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The Appellant, Wilhoite's (the "Appellant") decedent, Flossie B. Lawrence ("Ms. Lawrence"), arrived unexpectedly and unannounced in 1939 or 1940 at the home of the Appellee, Ruth Beck (the "Appellee"). Ms. Lawrence was a distant cousin of the Appellee. Ms. Lawrence stayed at the Appellee's home until July 12, 1963. Evidence presentd showed that Ms. Lawrence generally kept to herself and ate her meals alone. There was no evidence that an express contract existed, only an implied one. After Ms. Lawrence's death, the Appellee filed suit against Ms. Lawrence's estate for room, board and care and companionship from January 15, 1942 to July 12, 1963 allegedly furnished to Ms. Lawrence by the Appellee.
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