Mrs. Goddard had a number of wills drawn up throughout her life. Whenever a change happened relating to her property ownings or relationships with people, Mrs. Goddard created a new will directing how her property should be distributed after her death.
Each will completely replaced and nullified the previous will in existence. In the last valid will drawn up before her death, Mrs. Goddard directed that her property be distributed as follows: her house to her daughter, her personal property to her son, and twenty lucrative land holdings throughout the country to a close friend who took care of her in the last years of her life.
Although Mrs. Goddard's son and daughter would have loved to own the twenty pieces of real estate, they both understood why their mother chose to draw up her last will as she did.