October 19, 2010

A Trip 230 Miles Long and 90 Years in the Making

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:49 pm by Lund

Mary Ellen and Garfield Peaslee made the trip to Lund’s 14th Annual Adoption Picnic at the Essex Fairgrounds from Windsor Maine.  The trip was 230 miles long and ninety years in the making.  Their mission: to carry out the wishes of Edith and Bill Lawrence, their dear friends for more than 50 years with whom they worked, spent vacations and celebrated holidays. 

Garfield, Mary Ellen, Edith and Bill are tied to Lund by a story that starts in 1920 with Bill’s birth at Lund and adoption into a Vermont farm family.  Bill and Edith met and married in Virginia Beach and eventually settled in Augusta, Maine.  Bill worked at Sears and Roebuck and Edith worked for the State of Virginia and the State of Maine Bureau of Purchasing, with stints at E.E. Taylor Shoe Company, McClellan’s and New England Telephone and Telegraph Company.  After Bill served in World War II, Edith and Bill began planning for a family. Unable to bear children, Edith and Bill pursued adoption but were faced with the news that Edith would have to leave her position at the State of Maine Bureau of Purchasing to satisfy adoption requirements that the mother be at home. 

Unable to meet that requirement, Edith and Bill never had children of their own.  Bill and Edith lived out full lives surrounded by dear friends and family.  Bill passed away on February 22, 2002, and Edith died peacefully on May 29, 2010.  Through their careful planning, they left a gift of over $115,000 (to date) to Lund Family Center and the children and families we serve. Through this gift to Lund, Bill and Edith fortified Lund’s capacity to strengthen children and families across Vermont and beyond.  Their legacy ensures that Lund can continue to make adoption possible for many families regardless of age, income, marital status, religion or gender preference.   Lund extends our sincerest, most heartfelt thank you to Bill and Edith for this incredible gift and to Mary Ellen and Garfield for making the long trip and for dedicating such love and care to fulfilling Edith and Bill’s wishes.  You are all part of our Lund Family.

For more information on planned giving, and how to include Lund Family Center in your will or bequest, contact Kitty Bartlett (kittyb@lundfamilycenter.org; 802-864-7467.)

1 Comment »

  1. Crystal said,

    What a great story. Gives me goosebumps to read. Thank you for sharing.


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