Business leader and former Community Chest chairman Jennie Chua shared an anecdote about former president S R Nathan and his wife yesterday to show their generosity.
In her eulogy, she recounted a fund-raising event a decade ago when she told Mr Nathan how much she admired his wife's beautiful sari.
"I had noted that sari material could be made into nice jackets and dresses." A few weeks later, a parcel arrived from the Istana, containing an "exquisite deep brown sari with white embroidery".
"The accompanying note said the sari was from Mrs Nathan," she said.
Pointing to her outfit, she told the 2,000-strong crowd at the funeral service: "The jacket I am wearing today is made from that sari."