FLEMINGTON, N.J. – She lived frugally, her niece told Borough Council yesterday. And she lived “very privately.”

But after Jane Kitchin died at age 96, some are now discovering she was the millionaire next door.

Among the beneficiaries: Flemington Free Public Library, Mayor-elect Betsy Driver said. Kitchin’s will directs that $276,000 be left to the Main Street institution.

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Kitchin’s niece is Lois Stewart, who will be managing the bequest.

Stewart called the library “a very bright spot” in Kitchin’s life, and she was a frequent patron. As she got older and could no longer drive, library staff delivered the books to Kitchin’s home. Friends offered to retrieve the books for her, Stewart said, but Kitchin preferred to have the interaction with library staff.

Although she was born in Philadelphia, Kitchin lived most of her life here, according to her obituary. She graduated Lambertville High School in 1936, and died at Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown two years ago on Dec. 17.

"Now, everyone will benefit from her generosity," Stewart said.

The library isn’t the only Hunterdon institution that Kitchin gifted, so stay with TAPinto for more.