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A Lexington woman selling her dead mother’s books to pay for her expenses

By on March 5, 2022 0

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – A Lexington woman is selling her late mother’s large collection of books to pay for the expenses of her father, who suffers from dementia and has to downsize.

Chrystal Schoeder plans to hold a book sale Saturday morning, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the garage of her Chevy Chase home at 435 Dudley Road. When LEX18 spoke to Schoeder on Friday morning, she was sorting through the estimated thousands of books that sit in her garage.

They belonged to his mother, who died last year. When she passed away, the Social Security checks she was getting stopped coming in. Without those checks, her husband – who suffers from dementia – is unable to continue paying for his current residence, Schoeder said.

“It’s gotten to the point where my dad needs financial resources to be able to move to a new house,” she added.

Most books will be sold between $1 and $5. Unsold books will be donated, Schoeder said.

The books range from mysteries to cookbooks, with many genres in between.

Parting with books is particularly difficult for Schoeder’s father.

“They represent my mother and [that has] was very hard on him, he feels like he’s giving away a part of her and his memories of her,” Schoeder said.

But, Schoeder said, he hopes his wife’s legacy can live on thanks to the new owners of the books, who can enjoy them as much as his wife.