Edna Lees (1909-1990)
Family History
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LEES, Edna Pearl (1909-1990)
Parents: Ernest Oswald SHACKEL & Lillian Maud BARTLETT

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It was with a great deal of sadness and loss that Theodore folk last week, heard of the passing of one of their much loved long time residents. Mrs Edna Lees passed away last Wednesday in Taroom. She had been a resident of the Leichhardt Retirement Hostel, and previous to this lived at Theodore Retirement village. Her funeral was held at Theodore on Saturday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the eulogy delivered by her son Jim was a very moving and apt description of his mother and his words were echoed in the hearts of all who were present.

Mrs Lees came to Theodore about sixty years ago as a single school teacher where she met her future husband, Bob, who had emigrated from England some years previously and they married and settled on a small farm. Mrs Lees looked after the dairy, milking the cows etc while her husband tended the other areas. She had a great love of animals and she and her husband worked as a team, raising a family of two sons and two daughters with their other duties. With considerable self sacrifice, the Lees' educated their children to the fullest, sending them on to boarding schools.

In the early 50s Mrs Lees returned to teaching and was a familiar figure pedalling her push bike to and from the school. A devoted teacher, she gave much of her own time to coaching those students who found learning a little bit harder. In Jim's words a great testimonial to his mother, are those many children who did succeed, owing to her efforts.

After finishing her teaching at the local State School, she agreed to help out with teaching at the Convent school, where a mutual love was shared by the nuns and the children and herself.

For many years after the closing of the Convent, Mrs Lees made it her self imposed task, to lovingly place flowers in the Catholic Church for weekly masses and to tend the small garden out front. The last few years of her life were mostly spent suffering some disability but through it all, she was always smiling and cheerful, always interested in others and with a great memory for names of her past pupils and others. Our sympathy goes out to her children, Robert, Barbara, Jim and Dorothy but know they will be comforted by their memories of this lovely, gentle, humble woman. Mrs Lees was predeceased by her husband in 1987.

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