The theme for this week’s challenge is “Good Deeds”. The individual I have chosen is Edith Annie Willis. Edith was the sister of my ancestor on 15 Feb, Thomas Arthur Willis.
Edith was born 17 May 1908 at Eaglehawk, Victoria. Around 1934 she married William Frederick Copland, and they had 3 children before her death on 26 May 1943. The following tribute was inserted in the Kerang New Times on 1 June 1943.
MRS. W. F. COPLAND
The homecall of Mrs. W. Copland of Lake Charm, has removed from our midst one whose memory will always remain, and the district, shares in the sorrow and offers heartfelt sympathy with the bereaved husband and young family.
For some years, Mrs. Copland had not been in the best of health, but self never counted, and her Christian faith was a very real support to her, so that few ever saw any of her shadows.
Although, firstly, a mother and wife with a very keen love of home and home life, her wonderful personality extended help and sympathy to all around her. It has been said of her “never a child was forgotten,” and in truth the school children who came to the school next door to her home, found her a very real friend at all times. Christian work, the Church, the Missions and Kindergarten have all many memories of her practical help and sympathy, also the patriotic and charitable organisations always received the same consideration and assistance.
Then her neighbors who will remember her thoughtfulness and those little kindnesses done in her own quiet little way.
Though so young, and busy mother, Mrs. Copland’s life was a wonderful example for we who are left to reflect. Devoted mother, loving wife, loyal friend, it is not goodbye, just resting, where no shadows fall.