Blackhurst, Lily (Sharland)
(1891 - 1971)
From 1924 to 1940, Lily Blackhurst was camp mother on the Sundre Merry Westerner Girls Club trips to Sylvan Lake. On one of these excursions, a young girl became homesick and was crying, her first night away from home.
Lily noticed her and said, "Come with me, there is just room for you, right here beside me." Lily asked about the girl's pets, her family and friends. Her tears stopped. With her contagious laugh, Lily asked, "Is everything fine now?" It was.
Besides her work with youth, Lily was a member of the Women's Institute and helped younger women learn homemaking arts such as preserving, canning and sewing. More than once, her costume-making skills helped the district's teachers survive the annual school Christmas concert.
Although neither rich nor famous nor a holder of office, Lily's work and laughter touched those who knew her.