About the Project
Many new classrooms have been built at Gilgil Primary School, but due to the large number of students, classes are still overcrowded. Two new classrooms need to be built to accommodate the increasing numbers. Additionaly, because of wear, the old classroom block is no longer safe to use.
Edna Patricia Yellowlees passed away gently and peacefully at the age of 96 in Westlock, Alberta, on May 17, 2019. Edna was born on March 17, 1923 on a farm near Crossfield and spent her childhood years in the Crossfield area with parents Thomas and Nellie Tredaway and older sister Winnie. Following high school graduation, Edna attended normal school in Calgary, which led to several teaching posts in rural Alberta—Glenevis, Canyon and East Majorville. She then earned her degree as a dietitian at UBC, an accomplishment that gave her great satisfaction.
Edna was a friend to all and a woman of deep faith and conviction. She was a trailblazer–active, generous, strong, determined, hardworking, enthusiastic, curious, disciplined and unafraid to try new things. Her zest for living was contagious and she enjoyed a good laugh. Walking in the beauty and fullness of nature was one of her favorite activities when she was able; later it was equally enjoyable from her wheelchair. Edna was community-minded, an advocate for leading a healthy lifestyle and a champion for higher education and environmental issues. Most of all, Edna had a deep love for her family. She never missed a birthday or anniversary and regularly brought us all together for family get-togethers; her rhubarb and pumpkin pies were legendary.
Edna’s unwavering grace, gratitude and resilience in her latter years were truly remarkable and an example to us all, her loving family, and we will miss her every day: Marjorie (Fred) Woodcock of Westlock, Jean (Ken) Hergert of Calgary, Heather (Darrel) Sim of Calgary, Helen (Ed) Hoeve of Yellowknife and David (Bev) Yellowlees of Houston; 11 grandchildren: Rebecca (Brad), Travis (Francine), Jeff (Pamela), Christina (Devon), Jaclyn, Joshua, Thys, Nathan, Celena, Stacey (Drew) and Brennan (Lindsay); 8 great-grandchildren: Alyssandra, Jayden, Shayla, Marissa, Kruz, Nevaeha, Gunnar and Willa; her dear nieces and nephews their spouses and families; and her cousins.
Location: Gilgil, Kenya
Completed: January 2021
Project Manager: Brian Leavitt
Helen Hoeve and family in memory of
Edna Yellowlees (mother of Helen)