A longtime resident of the Ingleside area, Lena Edwards (nee Gallinger) passed away, peacefully, at Heritage Green Nursing Home in Hamilton, on Saturday, May 3, 2014. She was 99.
Lena was predeceased by her beloved husband Marshall in 1992. She will be missed by her children, Lynda Jackson (Keith) of Sauble Beach, Anne Lapinsky (Gerry) of Stoney Creek, and Brian Edwards (Diane) of Brinston.
She was loving grandmother of Marsha Miller (Australia), Sonia Lapinsky and Patrick Lapinsky, and Ian Jackson (deceased). She was great-grandmother of Lauren and Seth Miller.
Lena was younger sister to Laura Wells, Garnet Gallinger and Ken Gallinger (all deceased), and she was a good friend to all of her brothers and sisters-in-law in both the Gallinger and Edwards families (all deceased).
Many of her nieces and nephews kept in contact with Lena over the years.
Lena grew up in Aultsville, Ontario, married Marshall Edwards, and raised her family there until 1958, when they relocated to Ingleside due to the expropriation of their home to make way for the St. Lawrence Seaway.
A year later, the family moved to Morrisburg.
Lena and Marshall were not only husband and wife, but best friends, doing most things together. Marshall died in 1992.
In Morrisburg, Lena returned to teaching. She remained with her Grade 6 classes until the late 1960’s when she retired. She loved teaching and had some very long-term relationships develop with students, right up to the end of her life.
In her spare time, Lena enjoyed knitting and creating quilts for her family. She had a very inquisitive mind and loved to read newspapers and discuss politics and current events.
She was often seen on her bicycle until her mid 80’s, when progressive blindness curtailed many of her favourite activities.
Lena moved to Stoney Creek in 2000 to be closer to her daughters and to downsize her residence from a house in Morrisburg to an apartment in Stoney Creek. Here she made many new friends.
Lena was very fortunate to meet Della Boyd, who became her third daughter and a dedicated caregiver. Della remained with Lena until the last day, and was a source of great comfort to Lena and her family.
Lena also enjoyed having daily telephone conversations with her niece Shirley Stewart of Ingleside.
Lena had a long enjoyable life until she became ill over the last four years. She will be remembered as a very caring and concerned wife, mother and friend.