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GUEST LEAVES WORKER A BIG `TIP': HIS ESTATE

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He was the little old man people didn't have time for. She was a hotel employee who didn't mind lending an ear or making him a home-cooked meal.

Together, they developed a friendship that he remembered - in his will.When 95-year-old Charlie Welch of Columbus, Ohio, died of pneumonia last month, he left Therese Prada an estate that includes cash, antiques, artwork, jewelry, stocks and bonds. The exact value of the estate is still being determined.

"He could be a hard man to know," Prada said, adding that Welch would "say things to people that would make you blush."

Prada, rooms director of the Inn at Loretto, said she always tried to make Welch feel welcome during his twice-yearly visits to Santa Fe over the past 16 years.