2013 Copyright Ruzsicska
LEES, Edna Pearl (1909-1990)
Parents: Ernest Oswald SHACKEL & Lillian Maud BARTLETT
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
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.